Britain’s Invisible Kids

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Education does not equal school and some parents don’t want the state dictating what their child should and shouldn’t learn, and some parents take their children out of school because they believe that they can do a better job.

Some children believe that school’s are a little mean because it was like they really wanted you to do more learning than fun, and a record amount of children are being homeschooled in the United Kingdom, and the amount has more than doubled in the last five years.

The entire aim of home education is that you can customise learning and strategies to your child, and most do that fairly well, but in England, there’s no obligation to register home educated children, which means that thousands are invisible to authorities.

In fact, Dispatches reported that 93 per cent of councils in the country state that they’re not really sure how many homeschooled children live in their region because councils have no statutory obligation to monitor what they’re learning and have no powers to impose checks at home.

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Numerous parents don’t want their children going to school just because it’s a school, and it’s that whole school system that they’re opposed to, but not everyone turns to homeschooling out of choice, and some parents have huge reservations on their capacity to teach in a way that a school could.

And some parents homeschool their children for various reasons, one cause might be because the child has ADHD, and the school can’t cope, so the parent finally removes their child from school following a relationship breakdown with the school.

But some children find this challenging and want more help, and with some parents, reading and writing aren’t their strong points, especially if they’ve been diagnosed with dyslexia and it’s also difficult for them to read some of the big words, and then the child sees the parent struggle with it so it would be helpful if they got help.

Most councils do give home visits but the help massively varies, and Dispatches discovered that 87 per cent of councils in England say they don’t have enough to support all home educated families, and some families may get one visit from their home education team, but the most they will do is give the families a list of websites that they can use, and then they sort of reconfirm that this is no help out there, and that’s a pretty scary thought for some families, so they either have to reapply and put their children in school, or they have to homeschool them on their own, there’s no other option.

This government needs to finance the school system better and give support to children, especially children with special educational needs, rather than to stick them in isolation. This government further needs to bring back a broad and diverse curriculum with music and drama, so that they can develop creativity, functional skills, rather than box-ticking because it’s disgusting the limited curriculum these children get.

 

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It’s pretty much English, Maths and Science every day, a little history, no Geography, Spanish, RE or PE, while everything else is done as a six week taster, and then they make the music teacher redundant, and there are no words for how we should feel about this government screwing these kids over.

Our school system is massively antiquated and teaches children nothing about real life, and the impact that a testing regime has had on restricting what was once a great curriculum to teach from, and the fun engaging lessons we used to have, have now slowly been squeezed out of the school system.

Topic lessons are literacy lessons dressed up to cover grammar and punctuation elements and sessions on languages and the arts are no longer prioritised because they don’t need statutory results.

We used to have the best education system in the world, but sadly now due to political pressure and funding cuts, as well as unqualified staff in our classrooms, our world-class education is now, in many schools a mess, and homeschooling can definitely be a great alternative for some children, but their educators need to be OFSTED inspected.

Schools go through the grinder to demonstrate they’re giving a decent education and a safe learning environment, so there’s absolutely no reason why home educators shouldn’t have to do the same.

Sadly, academisation and cutbacks have made schools exam factories rather than places of education, and too many have forgotten their core purpose which is to teach children, but lots of schools are manipulating data by off rolling pupils they believe won’t get the exam results they want, and many schools now are not fit for purpose, there are far too many children to a classroom, too many tests, and not enough support for children who struggle, the list goes on.

Teachers are overworked and are required to do everything in line with what our bungling government tell them to do. Children need to be allowed to be children, and not every child will exceed in everything, and some parents struggle to obtain a safe educational environment for their child and are now homeschooling, but those are the children that are lost in the system, but in school sometime it’s abusive, and teachers are not always experts in providing a safe place for children with complex needs.

Education does not equal school and school does not equal education, but education should at least be enjoyable, otherwise, children are being taught to not like education, which is absolutely the opposite of the goal, but then school isn’t supposed to be enjoyable, it’s pretty boring, but if you spend time with children that are homeschooled, it’s quite a different picture, they learn joyfully and with a lot of enthusiasm.

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Children learn a lot through play, after all, they’re not robots, even though our government would like them to be, but we talk about homeschooled children being invisible, but there are numerous mainstream children being schooled and not educated and most of them are invisible.

We send our children to school at 5 years old, they’re educated from Infants to Juniors, then they go up to Senior school where they’re informed, whereby they’re just given the books that they have to read and they are tested, but there’s no real education, no wonder it’s boring for them.

But we don’t need the help of the state for our children to be educated and learn, but then the government want children to go to school, it’s an institution. At home, we educate our children to have their own views, but the government doesn’t want your child to have an opinion, heaven forbid! And in school our children are being trained to be little workers, there’s nothing there about being able to cope in the real world, they simply want good little workers and are being trained that happiness is in the bank balance.

 

Published by Angela Lloyd

My vision on life is pretty broad, therefore I like to address specific subjects that intrigue me. Therefore I really appreciate the world of politics, though I have no actual views on who I will vote for, that I will not tell you, so please do not ask! I am like an observation station when it comes to writing, and I simply take the news and make it my own. I have no expectations, I simply love to write, and I know this seems really odd, but I don't get paid for it, I really like what I do and since I am never under any pressure, I constantly find that I write much better, rather than being blanketed under masses of paperwork and articles that I am on a deadline to complete. The chances are, that whilst all other journalists are out there, ripping their hair out, attempting to get their articles completed, I'm simply rambling along at my convenience creating my perfect piece. I guess it must look pretty unpleasant to some of you that I work for nothing, perhaps even brutal. Perhaps I have an obvious disregard for authority, I have no idea, but I would sooner be working for myself, than under somebody else, excuse the pun! Small I maybe, but substantial I will become, eventually. My desk is the most chaotic mess, though surprisingly I know where everything is, and I think that I would be quite unsuited for a desk job. My views on matters vary and I am extremely open-minded to the stuff that I write about, but what I write about is the truth and getting it out there, because the people must be acquainted. Though I am quite entertained by what goes on in the world. My spotlight is mostly to do with politics, though I do write other material as well, but it's essentially politics that I am involved in, and I tend to concentrate my attention on that, however, information is essential. If you have information the possibilities are endless because you are only limited by your own imagination...

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