HED0593

Written evidence submitted by [member of the public]

 

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First, I would like to say that I have made the best decision to home educate two of my secondary school children who would be in [school years].  Home educating my children has always been on my mind since 2018. The decision to home educate came to reality this year because of Covid-19 after years of thinking to home educate my children.

The constant calls from my sons’ school, saying they have done something or the other was becoming too much for me. I had to go down to their schools, to listen to teachers complaining about minor issues that they could handle. Things got worse for me, when they put my [school year] son into internal exclusion at least twice per week. This allowed me to really examined what was happening at school and how this impacted on my son’s well-being at school.

 

When schools were closed in March, and school children were doing home schooling and doing lessons remotely, my [school year] son was doing so well his teachers would send me emails to congratulate him. He was doing better work out of the school environment than at school.  Being at school, there were too much distractions and other children’s influence on him was becoming overwhelming for both him and myself.

So, with the Covid-19 situation, this allowed me the opportunity to educate myself with home education and research what program was best for my children and my family. Therefore, home educating my children is the best option for me and I believe parents should know what is best for their children and therefore have the right to provide that education for their children. Being an educator (Degree in education and Social Policy, and a MSc in Health Social Care Management and Policy) and a mother of both primary and secondary school children, I have to think about what is  best for my children.

I needed my children to have morals, good character and become thinking individuals that can impact society positively. Having the duty as a parent, providing the right educational environment for my children without external influences is vital to their success. This approach has proven to be more effective and beneficial for my children.

November 2020