Home educating for a few weeks a year when we go "home" - would that be flexi-schooling?

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gaelicsheep Thu 25-Oct-12 23:12:47

I've trawled the net and haven't found any reference to this specific type of situation. All I've found is stuff about home educating for part of each week, or stuff applicable to travellers which we're not (although we feel like it sometimes!). Has anyone done this? Pros and cons?

I also read about dual registration, but in our case one school would be in England/Wales and the other in Scotland and DC would be jumping between years, so I think perhaps not the best idea!

CanIHaveAPetGiraffePlease Wed 31-Oct-12 21:06:22

Good luck. It sounds very unsettling for you all. I'm glad we're out the other side of it. Hope you work something out. X

exoticfruits Wed 31-Oct-12 21:51:24

It boils down to money-everything always does-they are inflexible because of funding.

gaelicsheep Wed 31-Oct-12 21:58:39

Thanks CanIHaveAPetGiraffePlease - it's very interesting to hear from someone who's done the same thing. For us it's changed from being properly a "move", to finding it couldn't actually be a proper move for reasons, as I said, I can't go into,and then realising we don't actually want it to be a "move", to now feeling like we don't actually live anywhere (but feeling like we still live at home home). We are trying as hard as we can to throw ourselves into life down there - DS has after school and weekend activities and in some respects I think it's better for him down there than up here. Financially it's killing us of course, which is not helping at all and makes us just want to turn the clock back. If we didn't have so much emotional attachment to home home it would be so much easier, but we do. Also I've moved around so much and I had finally found "home", so I'm so reluctant to give it all up. sad Anyhow, this now has very little to do with home education so I should bow out and go back to trawling the internet for cheaper places to rent.

Saracen Wed 31-Oct-12 23:24:16

Good luck!!!

It's very refreshing to see somebody thinking outside the box and doing everything humanly possible in order to try to get things to work for the whole family. It sometimes seems to me that people are too ready to proclaim that life is miserable and you'll have to just suck it up like everyone else does. It might turn out that that is the case for you at this time, but at least you are exhausting all reasonable alternatives first.

I hope you can figure something out.

TheDoctrineOfSnatch Thu 01-Nov-12 00:00:39

Good luck!

gaelicsheep Thu 01-Nov-12 00:24:44

Thanks smile

maggi Thu 01-Nov-12 06:24:19

Hello
I may have missed it, but how long have you been living down South. It can take a good few months or even a year to settle into a new environment. Perhaps you will feel less torn once you have established yourself and made more friends and connections down here. The South can be a good place to live too.

gaelicsheep Thu 01-Nov-12 21:45:39

Hi, it's getting on for a year, give or take a few months (don't really want to say). Not ages, but not a really short time either. I think we've both decided we don't actually want to settle down there to live. We've been there done that and jointly took the decision several years ago to settle up here. We worked bloody hard to get here and really don't want to go back. Living there in practical terms is a different matter, and we'll get along OK while we're there for however long that is, but I can't see home being anywhere other than home - definitely not for DH.

Decision made btw - we'll be coming back here every school holiday for the foreseeable future, including the odd extended half term if allowed by the school, and see how things evolve workwise. smile

picnicinthewoods Sat 03-Nov-12 18:41:22

Hi gaelicsheep
It sounds like you now have it sorted but just was going to add that I used to teach in a school which allowed two pupils to do exactly what you were asking (extending the summer hols by a week or so either side) to allow them to visit family. The only difference was their family was further afield in India and Pakistan. So yes, totally up to the headteacher.
Incidently we do something similar to you, but we have chosen HE because it gives us exactly the freedom we want.
Good Luck

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