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spacedonkey Mon 15-May-06 12:59:03

buffythenappyslayer Mon 15-May-06 13:00:51

how do you go about teaching a child at home?been thinking about this for ds1 (14)

spacedonkey Mon 15-May-06 13:03:11

try looking at Education Otherwise - it's the first stop for anyone considering home edding in the UK

buffythenappyslayer Mon 15-May-06 13:04:39

thanks sd.really need to get him sorted but didnt know where to start!

spacedonkey Mon 15-May-06 13:06:09

they're a very well established organisation - it doesn't cost much to join (about £30 iirc?) and you get a contact list of home edders all over the UK who you can get in touch with to discuss aspects of home ed. EO also guide you through the legal aspects of home ed and publish newsletters etc.

buffythenappyslayer Mon 15-May-06 13:10:20

do i have to get in touch with he education dept before i do anything else?he ahd a social worker who was very anti home tuition.but dd3's social worker (shes a specialist ss as dd has cf) said that home tuition is a good idea if im worried about ds1's developement at school.he just doesnt seem to be learninga nything and his behaviour is constantly going from bad to worse.the schools way of dealing with him is to suspend him for a couple of weeks at a time.

spidermama Mon 15-May-06 13:11:26

Wow! A home ed topic all of its own. That's great. I nearly de-regged my kids at the end of the autumn term last year but after much agonising I, well, I suppose I chickened out. Perhaps I thought better of it I don't know.

I still get all the EO mail in my box. I was inspired by the research I did and the people I met and I now feel armed with a new choice for my childrens education and I would have no hesitation in taking the plunge if I feel the need arises again.

spacedonkey Mon 15-May-06 13:12:46

My blood is boiling on your behalf at the lack of support from the school and social services buffy. You can de-register your son from school and say that you are educating him at home: however do think very carefully before doing this as you will need to prove to the LEA that you are indeed providing him with education and they may wish to visit you periodically to check up on you.

Bear in mind too that you do not have to follow the national curriculum, so home ed does allow you to be much more flexible in order to enable a child to follow their own interests.

buffythenappyslayer Mon 15-May-06 13:20:18

sd he was suspended 4 times last term.the school just dont want to know.theyd sooner shove the problem out of the way rather than deal with it.his ss said 'if theres anything you want help with just let me know' that was last year,i havent bothered getting in touch with her,shes just too useless.
i know its a big responsibilty teaching him at home,and i ahve dd3 with cf so im her main care giver aswell.but having ds taught at home is he only way i can see getting him to actually learn something.at school he gets picked on because he is blind in one eye,has mild epilepsy which causes him to be aggressive is he gets wound up.so oviously all his so called friends wind him up.hes also easily led,so the kids take advantage and get him to do things knowing he'll get into trouble.hes only small,hes the same size as my 10 year old,so tha gets him picked on aswell.but educationwise,he is dyslexic and is behind with his work.he doesnt understand alot of the work,and although he is fluent in welsh,he has trouble with welsh written work.
sorry to rant!!

spacedonkey Mon 15-May-06 13:23:52

rant away buffy, it sounds like you're handling a very difficult situation there

I would recommend talking to your social worker about it first though - they might be able to help with home tutors?

buffythenappyslayer Mon 15-May-06 13:28:05

i think i might get in touch with dds ss.she said she was going to find out if she could take over ds case aswell.that way we would just have the one ss to deal with.but in time honoured ss tradition,they never get back to you!last year ds had 4 ss!!two came and left within a fortnight as they were going on maternity leave!the othe went off to college after seeing him twice and the last one i just thought was a waste of space!she wouldnt know a special needs child if it came up to her waving a flag saying 'im a child with special needs'!!

buffythenappyslayer Mon 15-May-06 13:29:11

sorry just realised ive been putting ss when shouldve put sw!!duh!!

spacedonkey Mon 15-May-06 13:33:49

it's ok buffy, I knew what you meant

Filyjonk Mon 15-May-06 14:45:23

new home ed topic!

how fantastic!

the eo list is all very well but there's nothing quite like mn.

jenk1 Mon 15-May-06 19:30:08

Oh brill a home ed topic!!!

I am mum to DS aged 9 who has AS and i have been home edding him with a tutor from LEA who comes 4 hours a week since Nov and i am loving it!!!

buffythenappyslayer Fri 26-May-06 11:39:42

had a word with ds new social worker.told her im thinking of taking him out of school.explained that i dont think hes getting much of an education,and she is going to have a word with the education welfare officer and she will see how ds is doing at school and if im right,which judging by the level of his schoolwork,i think i am,then they will start the ball rolling for getting him home taught.

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