- A large number of people choose to educate their children at home rather than sending them to school.
- THE biggest concern of many parents nowadays is finding the best school for their children, with some prepared to up sticks and move to a different area in order to give them the best possible start in life.
- A parent has to ensure their child receives a full-time education from the age of five, but they have the right to educate them at home – and it seems a large number of people do.
A fast growing classless society
- While there are no official figures on how many children are home educated in the UK, research suggests that around 100,000 (about one per cent) children of school age are currently being home educated
- Additional research shows that the figure is rising at around 15 per cent a year.
- While home education was given equal status to traditional schooling in 1996, parents are not eligible for financial help.
- Some local authorities will allow parents access to teaching resources and others also offer discounted access to other council-run facilities like sports centres.