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Started by: billyj1 (51)

My wife and have removed our 8 year old daughter from the 'normal' school system this summer (for positive reasons - no real complaints about the state system), and we are educating her at home. Just wondered if anyone else has experience of doing similar - any advice appreciated!

Started: 30th Aug 2006 at 22:09

Posted by: mollie m (6452) 

I don't know much about this Billyj1 but isn't that illegal? You'll have the Board of Education down on you in a shot. I think you have to go through certain procedures to do this and then you'd have to PROVE that your schooling capabilities are of a certain standard. What happens when your daughter needs to take exams etc. I don't have any kids but I feel sure that you can't just remove her from school. Mayhap somebody knows more about it than do!

Replied: 31st Aug 2006 at 14:56

Posted by: harold (inactive)

What happened to all the normal folk who used to frequent these message boards, it looks to me like most of you now have some kind funny kind of outlook on life.

You right Mollie in what you say.

Replied: 31st Aug 2006 at 15:05

Posted by: tonker (25132) 

The aforementioned 'positive reasons' are unknown to us, so my comment will be witheld.

Replied: 31st Aug 2006 at 15:07

Posted by: billyj1 (51)

Fret not Mollie - it's perfectly legal and you don't have to be a teacher to 'qualify' to do it. And Harold, we aren't 'wierdos' (!), we are just willing to devote a lot of our time to our kids. My daughter will still mix with plenty of kids - home educated ones like her, and 'normally schooled' kids after 4pm. There aren't many parents doing this in the Wigan area, I grant you, but I just wondered if anyone had any experiences to share.

Replied: 31st Aug 2006 at 17:02

Posted by: john joseph (3197)

Yes billy I educated my daughter at home from the age of 10yrs to taking GCSE Exams and gaining 7 good Passes. she missed 3 exams of which she would have got reasonable grade,s because she was poorly at the time so im must have done a reasonable job but it wasnt easy and you need to be dedicated If you would like speak to me for more info on you right,s let me know

regards JJ

Replied: 31st Aug 2006 at 19:10
Last edited by john joseph: 1st Sep 2006 at 07:26:10

Posted by: harold (inactive)

I can see you doing it if your children are in hospital like John Joseph just said but to take them out of school and do it you self is wrong.

It wont be to long before all there mates turn against them and they will start stopping in more.

Replied: 31st Aug 2006 at 19:45

Posted by: zoe24 (2272) 

I think it has its good and bad points..but i couldnt take mine out of school they love it to much, seeing there friends and there teachers, but it is up 2 each parent how they bring there kids up..good luck billy, i hope it all works out for u

Replied: 31st Aug 2006 at 20:45

Posted by: empress (9667) 

If its right for your family then good luck with it, its a huge responsibility.I'm lucky that my kids enjoy school, ones very academic the other struggles, but both enjoy it.We also have a fantastic head teacher Mr Sheekey,who takes a big interest in the kids and encourages parents to be part of school life.
Be insteresting to see how you get on, so let us all know. If my kids didn't love school so much its something I'd love to do, can't think of anything nicer than being with my kids all day.

Replied: 1st Sep 2006 at 12:15

Posted by: tonker (25132) 

It is possible to teach your kids, at home, to a much higher level than they would ever achieve in regular schools. But the teacher must possess the higher level of education themselves and the child capable of absorbing information given, and home contains many distractions, so, it wouldn't do for everybody. Billy must feel confident to be going ahead with it. Of course, for him, circumstances may dictate, who knows, but the best of luck to them anyway.

Replied: 1st Sep 2006 at 13:28

Posted by: billyj1 (51)

Thanks all for your kind thoughts. Some nice people on here! First day of the new term tomorrow - at least we've saved on school uniform!

Replied: 3rd Sep 2006 at 23:41

Posted by: ann442 (210)

we always saved on that
they can go in thier reg clothing
exept for Rc School they have to have

Replied: 4th Sep 2006 at 16:21

Posted by: tonker (25132) 

The fact that they have to have uniforms is showing the stabilising English roots that keep the U.S.A. afloat.

Replied: 4th Sep 2006 at 17:54


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