5.6 Flexi-schooling is normally an arrangement whereby a child is registered at a school but attends only part-time and is home educated at other times. The Government has looked at this issue and takes a different stance from that of the previous Government. It does not believe that a hybrid arrangement between home education and mainstream school is adequately provided for in law, or in the school funding system, for children of compulsory school age. Where parents decide to educate their child at a school, parents have a legal duty to ensure their child attends regularly. If they fail to do this they may be committing an offence. Schools are funded to provide full-time education for all pupils (age 5-16) on their register and therefore are accountable for the standard of education their pupils receive. A flexi-schooling arrangement means some schools would receive a full unit of funding for certain pupils for whom they do not provide full-time education, and in some cases, may provide very little. (Revised March 2013)
I know a few families that flexi school in Australia and they all select certain subjects e.g. sport/language/science. Therefore there are no logistical problems at all . Here it is at the discretion of the principal but I've never heard of any child being knocked back - probably because the school gets funding from the govt for the child and the staff have a reduced work load. It's a great compromise I think, especially for some of my friends who live in isolated areas and can only get into a town once a week so they choose a day with subjects or activities that interest their children.
We also considered this approach but were worried about that same thing. Plus creating a situation of no mans land really. I think it could work under the right circumstances though, perhaps if the class didn't do a lot of group work. I think also if you had no preference as to times/ days attended this could help as you could choose which subjects you wanted to attend for. I know there aren't many HTs in this area which welcome or encourage flexi schooling.
We tried this for a few weeks. It didn't really work for us. He would miss stuff at school, then when he went in he didn't really know what was going on in the lesson, so was always playing catch up with the other children.
No reason why it wouldn't work for others though. He's now home ed!
A bit difficult to say at the moment. It is called flexi-schooling but Liz Truss, the relevant government minister, announced a couple of weeks ago that they were stopping it. There is work going on to get her to change that "decision".
At the moment, it is up to the head to decide whether or not to allow flexi-schooling.