Welcome to the first post in this series giving you a little insight into the world of Home Education.
Making the decision to Home Educate our eldest Son was one of the biggest decisions we have ever had to make. It took a lot of careful consideration and endless discussions ensuring to always put our Sons best interests first, after all his future was in our hands.
Our decision was based on the fact we were extremely unhappy with my boys school and how they addressed or infact did not address issues. It was occurrent they had insufficient supervision allowing children to be bullied repeatedly including my Son, with no adult presence to intervene.
structure attempt left a lot to be desired. With numorous teaching assistants taking on roles they weren’t really capable of and a constant change of teachers, leaving no set routine for the little ones to be able to adhere to.
I saw a change in my Son, a change that was upsetting for any parent to see. At 4 years old he was stripped of his confidence and his bubbly personality slowly faded away. He was just merely a shadow of himself. We felt my Son’s ability to learn was being affected by the going ons at his school.
After having countless meetings with the teachers and acting head it put things into perspective and made it very clear from then on that we needed to pull him out of the school. We live in a small little village so there isn’t a huge choice of schools nearby. There are a few up the main town but to be perfectly honest we wasn’t very keen on what choice we had left, so we chose what we had been considering for a while, that being to Home School.
We removed him a week before the 6 weeks holidays and the relief I felt was immense. We chose to keep to the same term times, therefore we used the 6 weeks holidays to deschool and get everything prepared for our new term at home.
After a few weeks of de schooling and letting our Son recover from his ordeal, he soon got back to his normal happy and confident self. We could now focus on not only giving him the best education but making it as enjoyable and as fun as possible.
What to do next
Home schooling can be quite daunting at first. You may have lots of questions and concerns just as we did. Believe me it is a lot easier than you think and you get lots of support whenever you need it.
The first thing on your list should be to send the school a letter to confirm your withdrawal of your child.
You can use this de-registering letter template to help you put your letter together.
I would advise sending this recorded and signed for or hand it over personally at the school. This is then your receipt that you have actually sent this letter.
Once this is done, the LEA (Local Education Authority) will be in touch to advise and support you. We will cover more of this in the series.
Coming up next in Learning without Limits……… Your approach to Home Education and Planning