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19-07-2006, 10:44   #1
Olemorris
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For a number of reasons I'm considering educating my children at home (one is 4, the other 11) - does anyone have any experience of this that they'd be prepared to share? Also, anybody else in a similar mind, with kids, interested in exploring the potential for linking up to do the educating?
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19-07-2006, 18:11   #2
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Try education otherwise
http://www.education-otherwise.org/

Also be careful as some sites can give very misguided information.

Best of luck
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19-07-2006, 19:03   #3
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Id love to have done what your doing with my kids because the school they goto wasnt even listed in any of them results they publish because it was that crap. They changed the school name 3 times in order to hide its failings.

now thank fek they have got there act together a bit this last year alltho its still not brilliant, but at least they got my kids to a average reading and writing level now.

Good luck on it m8, and Im sure youll do a better job with your kids than I got with mine from the education dept of sheff.

Thx for the link to education otherwise m8 looks really intersting.
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19-07-2006, 19:37   #4
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try getting 'the mother magazine' its holistic parenting in a modern world they have alot of articles and resources in there. get it from www.themothermagazine.co.uk i thought of home schooling my boys but as much as i love them and want the best for them i need some time to myself and that is the only way i can get it. try the magazine it has alot of nonsence in it but there are many good articles.
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19-07-2006, 19:46   #5
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I think that there are quite a few home educators in Sheffield. I think you have to contact the LEA as they have to ensure that all children are receiving an education including those who are educated at home. you have to show what and how they're learning. I think that the education otherwise link will give you ideas for topics and lessond and how to meet the national curriculum. i know some kids who have been home educated and they are really nice, bright and well adjusted. good luck
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19-07-2006, 19:55   #6
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just checked the sheffield LEA website , they have a sectiion for parents who educate children at home and also a curriculum for meeting the national curriculum standards. There is a number to ring for advice.
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19-07-2006, 20:10   #7
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Thanks. It's early days yet - just sounding out the situation. 've seen education otherwise and will check teh LEA site.
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19-07-2006, 21:15   #8
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I think that there are quite a few home educators in Sheffield. I think you have to contact the LEA as they have to ensure that all children are receiving an education including those who are educated at home. you have to show what and how they're learning. I think that the education otherwise link will give you ideas for topics and lessond and how to meet the national curriculum. i know some kids who have been home educated and they are really nice, bright and well adjusted. good luck

Hi i dont mean to be picky but if you are home educating you are not obliged to cover the national curriculam. You do not have to inform the LEA but you do have to deregister any children that are currently registered at school. The school will then possibly contact the LEA. The LEA are allowed to make informal enquirys into your childs educational provision. You can show this in various ways, for example you could send an educational philosophy, examples of work or you could opt for home visits. Whichever you and your children feel is most appropriate.

http://www.education-otherwise.org/L...tm#DefSuitEduc
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19-07-2006, 22:21   #9
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And OFSTED will probably send a team round to your kitchen every four years. But watch it! If they dont get 11 A* they might sue you at a later date.
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20-07-2006, 06:32   #10
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Hi, I just joined the Sheffield Forum. I am the local contact for Education Otherwise in Sheffield and would be happy to answer any questions about home education whether or not anyone is a member of EO. Some home educated children have never been to school, but many more have been deregistered after some time in The System. I have a 13 year old boy who has never been to school; he is educated autonomously without using any textbooks, workbooks, planned curriculum etc. We have a good relationship with Linda Barrett from Access and Inclusion at the Children and Young People's Directorate ( formerly the LEA ) and we have started discussions to change the council website which gives a misleading impression about how much the council might ( or should ) interfere. There is a thriving home ed community in Sheffield with many group activities organised by local parents. I hope this helps. Please get in touch !
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20-07-2006, 13:53   #11
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I also home ed my children aged 5 and 6. They have never been to school. The main thing people ask is what about socialising, well they 'socialise' with everybody not just 30 people of the same age. They are well rounded individuals and are as comfortable talking to a 40 year old as they are a 6 year old.
I have had no contact as yet with the LEA, but have saved various bits of things they have made, and work they have done for when that times arises (if indeed it ever does).
Home ed is on the increase, and why not ? Parents successfully teach their children to walk and talk etc before school, so why shouldn't it carry on.
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20-07-2006, 14:21   #12
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I home educate my youngest son aged 6, who also has special needs.
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21-07-2006, 11:05   #13
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Home ed is on the increase, and why not ? Parents successfully teach their children to walk and talk etc before school, so why shouldn't it carry on.

Well said baby boom. I believe That a lot of childrens individual needs are not being met at school. This is of no fault of the teachers merely the system. Many children highly intelligent with the ability to absorb so much information yet struggle to write it down, are more or less bound to underachieve. A child that excels in art or music is also seen as not academic. Another child that is only interested in sport is also seen as an academic failure. Maybe as parents we can all help our children to learn. We know our own children. We know their strenghs and weaknesses (my weakness obviously spelling and grammer lol).

Anyway im going to shut up now as it seems i am in a very philosophical mood today.
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22-07-2006, 07:17   #14
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I posted the other day about being the local contact for Education Otherwise. I should perhaps have added my email address which is :

fiona_j_nicholson@hotmail.com

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22-07-2006, 07:40   #15
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I posted the other day about being the local contact for Education Otherwise. I should perhaps have added my email address which is :

fiona_j_nicholson@hotmail.com

Fiona

Hi Fiona,
Would it be possible for you to pm me your telephone number (when you have 5 posts) as a number of parents I work with may want to contact you at some point, and some of them will not have use of email.
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22-07-2006, 08:23   #16
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yes, of course ( that makes three posts !)

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22-07-2006, 10:40   #17
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hi, just wanted to say how much i admire you parents who home educate. know of a couple of parents who do this and they have fantastic, intelligent kids to show for it.
should any of my children ever express the need to not go to school (due to bullying etc) i would have no qualms about discussing the possibility of them being home schooled - seems you have a better support network for your kids than some schools offer their pupils!
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22-07-2006, 12:27   #18
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thanks ! ( that makes four posts...) there are c150 home educated children and young people known to sheffield LEA ( data from FOI request ) 20, 000 known to LEAs across the country, plus unknown quantity who were never registered with a school and therefore are not known.
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22-07-2006, 15:15   #19
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Try the website NORTHSTAR UK FANTASTIC ADVICE ONHOME ED
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22-07-2006, 19:43   #20
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thanks ! ( that makes four posts...) there are c150 home educated children and young people known to sheffield LEA ( data from FOI request ) 20, 000 known to LEAs across the country, plus unknown quantity who were never registered with a school and therefore are not known. fiona
I'm sure that the latter number will be quite high.
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