Home schooling in england

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➢ Introduction

I. Who are the homeschoolers?
II. Why make this choice?
III. How does it work in England?
IV. Inconveniences of homeschooling

➢ Conclusion

➢ Bibliography and method of work

Homeschooling in England

▪ Main question: Is homeschooling as well effective as the traditional school?

▪ Keywords:dissatisfaction; education system; socialization

In England, education is compulsory until 16 years old. Parents are free to register their children in the different sorts of schools such as “comprehensive schools” or “grammar schools”. Nevertheless, a new type of school appeared about 30 years ago and is growing up every year: the homeschooling.


Homeschooling was born inthe United States in the seventies at the same time as “alternative or free schools” and this movement still increase since that time, particularly in Great Britain. This sort of schooling was created in reply to the request of many families unsatisfied by the school system or for the children who are unhappy at school.
We are going to study who the homeschoolers are, why they make this choice,how it functions in England and to conclude what could be the inconveniences to learn at home.

I. Who are the homeschoolers?

Homeschoolers are diverse and don’t correspond to a special category of person. Most of the families who choose homeschooling are disagree with the system and think that education at school doesn’t suit to their way of life, that’s why they would rather educatetheir children themselves. Some others come from a foreign country and have a different culture so they are afraid of school education and prefer taking care of their children’s education.
Home schooling can be chosen by the children themselves because they feel bad at school. In fact, they can be brighter than the others, or can be troubled and need special and particular education.Homeschooling could be an alternative for children whose education doesn’t come to their expectations.

II. Why make this choice?

The reasons are very various but we are able to determine a few main lines: academic, learning, values or religious reasons, social or health issues.
With home schooling, parents are free to make their own decisions: it’s more than an alternative educationalchoice; it’s really a way of life choice. Parents decide what is the most important to learn and adapt the lessons to meet the needs of their children. School has a dual role: instruction and education and some parents do not agree with one of these two parts of school. At school, children are not treated as individuals but as a unique group who has to learn exactly the same things at the sametime. If one pupil doesn’t conform to that or has some problems, he’s considered as a stupid person and teachers haven’t got enough time to adapt their lessons to each child.

Some parents want to spend the whole day with their children and allow them to have appropriate education, more free-time and don’t have to wait for a teacher to understand what they want. School is very less flexibleand according to many families school doesn’t encourage diversity and originality and doesn’t offer an education based on what they considerer as essential to have a beautiful life.
Homeschooling allows parents the freedom to plan the daily and the yearly schooling program in including many extra activities like visit of museums, libraries, and free time in a park or wherever. Children canmeet and talk to people of different ages, do various and interesting occupations.

III. How does it work in England?

There are as many different ways to homeschool as there are homeschoolers, but families have of course to conform to what the educational authorities have established. The homeschooling laws are made by the government but are interpreted by the local authorities....