In Edinburgh, it’s reported more Scottish families are enjoying home education.
Number of Scottish children being educated at home increasing
Across Scotland there are now more than 500 children who are home-schooled compared to 350 in 2010. Alison Preuss, a spokeswoman for the home education charity Schoolhouse, said bullying and worry about support for special needs pupils were the main reasons parents opted out.
Brian Donnelly, director of the Government-funded anti-bullying service Respectme, said it was unacceptable for families to be driven out of the mainstream system because of classroom conflicts. “It is very disappointing that children are being taken out of school because they are the victim of bullying. It reflects a failure on everyone’s part to find a solution,” he said.
Please read the latest Schoolhouse post from an initially reluctant mama on why their family chose to homeschool and are now content with that decision. Here’s a piece of this family’s story:
Parents are ultimately responsible for their children. However, ‘The State’ says to you, ‘give us your child from ages 5 to 16 as we want your child to be educated so that she can become a fully functioning and productive member of society’. As a law abiding citizens, you do as you are told. However, this means that between the ages of 5 to 16, your child spends more of her waking hours within the school environment rather than the home environment. The Education System takes on the role of ‘locos parentis’ (instead of the parent). Therefore, the parent, having handed the child over to The State, has every right to expect that the Education System will take great care of the most important person in her life (her child). However, you see your child struggling, frustrated and unhappy and you ask for help but are firmly told, ‘our resources are limited and your child is not a priority’ and her distress is put down to parental incompetence. What is the parent supposed to do? Should she leave her child distressed and unhappy until she is mentally unwell? Should she argue the point with the school until that necessary relationship of trust between school and parent completely breaks down, leaving the parent resentful and emotionally drained?
I did not choose to home educate. It was the only option left open to me when the Education System and other professionals could not present any coherent plan as to how to get my daughter mentally well and back to school.