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Learning to read – because he wanted to

Ronnie shares his family’s experience of their first 18 months of home-based education.

We have been home educating our two children (8 years 9 months and 5 years 9 months) for the past 18 months. The elder had been at school for P1 and P2 at a “good” school.

We have three “compulsory” subjects:  numeracy, literacy, civility.

The […]

By |January 25th, 2011|Articles, Education, Starting Out|0 Comments

Home Edupreneur of the Month: Pipistrelle

Welcome to our new Home Edupreneur of the Month feature in which we will be highlighting businesses which are run by home educating parents and home educated young people. We hope that their stories will not only encourage readers to support fellow home educators by shopping ‘local’, but will also inspire those starting out or […]

By |January 3rd, 2011|Enterprise|2 Comments

Cartoon character or graffiti artist?

If you were one of those who changed their Facebook avatar to a favourite cartoon character during the past few days, you were far from alone. Indeed, only serious social media refuseniks could have missed hearing about the latest profile swapping fad via the uber powerful media messenger that is Facebook.

This latest one was said to be part of a viral campaign […]

By |December 5th, 2010|Civil Liberties, General|2 Comments

Mixing enterprise and education

Home edupreneur Pauline Adams shares her experience of combining home education with running a small business.

When a family decides to home-educate it almost always means the sacrifice of one partner’s salary. However, it doesn’t have to work out that way. My husband and I have been home educating for four years and, at the same time, […]

By |November 25th, 2010|Articles, Education, Enterprise, Family, Starting Out|0 Comments

AHEd challenges Gove to reverse “mission creep”

Action for Home Education (AHEd) has today written to the Education Secretary, Michael Gove MP, alerting him to the contradictions inherent within legislation relating to Children Missing Education (CME) and seeking his assurances that appropriate action will be taken by the government to address the difficulties for families and confusion for local authorities which have […]

By |November 19th, 2010|Education, Law, Politics|0 Comments

CRAM: the Met helps with home educators’ enquiries

In the wake of revelations that “home educated”, “disability” and “privately fostered” are listed as risk factors by the Metropolitan Police Service in its operational policy known as CRAM (Child Risk Assessment Matrix), alongside “co-sleeping”, “substance abuse” , “sexualised behaviour” and various other alleged indicators, some of our members decided to invite the police to help them […]

By |November 14th, 2010|Civil Liberties, Education, Family, Law|0 Comments

Tweedledum, Tweedledee, the MP and the DfE

Did we all somehow manage to miss the official statement by the DfE that it was to issue new guidelines on elective home education in England? Googling and asking pertinent direct questions produced no results, so it seemed safe to assume that the rumours circulating around the home education community had no basis and were just […]

By |October 13th, 2010|Education, Law, Politics|0 Comments

Our heads do not button up the back!


Call me suspicious, but I am of the view that home educators in England are once again being ‘played’ by politicians and their pets.

On Kelly’s latest blog post, Children missing education and the burden of proof, Graham Stuart MP comments:

I’m hoping new guidance from central government to local authorities might be sufficient to tackle this […]

By |October 1st, 2010|Education, Family, Law, Politics|17 Comments

Children of a New Society: The shared and boundless curriculum of a Home Education

By Spartacus

Home educating facilitators often speak of the world being a classroom and indeed, it is fascinating how ordinary people respond to meeting Home Educated children. People suddenly realise that they have something to contribute and they want to. Home educated children with a zest for learning inspire relatives, visitors to the home, shopkeepers and […]

By |September 26th, 2010|Education, Family|0 Comments

Home education: is anyone else thinking about toothbrushes?

By Spartacus

The concept of a God, the desire for standards and the need for education all have one thing in common:-


Most people think that standards are a Good Idea but standards are like toothbrushes, everyone wants their own and does not want to use someone else’s. Someone else’s God, Standards or Toothbrushes. Many […]

By |September 26th, 2010|Education|0 Comments