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kay2204 Tue 11-Nov-14 13:54:05

Hi my name is Kay i am just wondering if anyone can help me, i am considering home schooling my 12 year old daughter. She has really been through it we had to change primary schools which was fine, when she started secondary school it was going great but then our council decided to close the school we moved her to another it was a nightmare so we moved her again and its the same, she is so stressed out she also suffers from reflex anoxic seizures she hadnt had one of these in a long time but the signs are coming back sad we have another school lined up but will not start till next september. So i just wanted some advice on how to get started and how you all do it? and were would i find resources? any advice would be really appreciated and thanks in advance smile

Angelface5 Tue 11-Nov-14 15:32:27

Hi Kay
Where abouts do you live are you in uk. ?

kay2204 Tue 11-Nov-14 15:49:32

hi i am in liverpool

Tinuviel Tue 11-Nov-14 18:33:04

Hi Kay,

We aren't in your area but have been HE for quite a few years now and our DD is also 12. We use a variety of resources but as she doesn't want to go into formal education until she's 16, we don't worry about following the NC.

As far as withdrawing from school, you just need to send them a letter stating that you are withdrawing her to home educate, giving the date from which you want them to take her off roll.

Regarding resources, you could nip into Waterstones/WHSmiths and pick up some workbooks. You could sign up with My Maths or Conquer Maths which are online. We use Galore Park books for maths/science/French, which are very academic and dry but very thorough.

You may want to give your DD a break for some weeks to recover from such a difficult time in school but equally she may be keen to get started on some projects.

DS2 and DD are doing a unit study on Victorian literature at the moment, which has some great stuff in it. It covers King Solomon's Mines, Around the World in 80 Days and Tom Sawyer and includes some geography, research skills, art/craft, cookery as well as looking at the literature.

kay2204 Tue 25-Nov-14 14:15:53

Thank you so much Tinuviel I really appreciate the advice and sorry for the late reply. I think I will like to go with the HE route as I'm not getting any were with her current school. Do I need to inform my local authority? . Many thanks Kay smile

Snowfire Tue 25-Nov-14 18:21:32

Hi Kay, you don't need to contact the Lea yourself, just send a letter to the school and it is their responsibility to let them know. There is a thread about deregistering which I will bump for you.
My dd had an awful time at secondary school for various reasons, I took her out recently and haven't looked back! I'm sure you'll feel better once this is all sorted thanks

kay2204 Tue 25-Nov-14 22:30:04

Thank you so much snowfire I really appreciate it smile

ToffeeWhirl Thu 27-Nov-14 00:08:19

Sounds like you and DD have had an awful time with school, kay. I'm sure home ed will do both of you the world of good. I took my DS1 out of school when he was 12 and it was definitely the best thing for him. He used to have tics from all the stress, but they disappeared. He was just a much happier boy.

I now home educate my younger son too (he's nine). He covers Maths with ConquerMaths, which I really recommend (you get a discount if you tell them you're home educating - I think the code is HOMEED, but there might be a thread here about it somewhere. He finds it easy to follow and loves earning regular certificates as he makes progress with each topic. And I get weekly reports to file away. We also use Galore Park Junior English and Junior Science, then I add in various topics along the way. We are studying the Romans at the moment; it was the solar system last month.

I love home ed because my son has the freedom to follow his own interests (currently cookery) and because we can go out so much. We have been to loads of museums and art galleries since I took him out of school.

Bear in mind that you can get discounts on all sorts of things if you home ed. Remember to ask before you pay for any museum or anything online, or find out from MN first.

And I agree with Tinuviel's advice - give your DD a break for several weeks.

kay2204 Thu 27-Nov-14 08:26:33

Thank you so much toffeewhirl I really appreciate all the advice smile and yes we have been through it and it has taking it's toll on all of us, so hopefully this will be a good turn around for us smile thanks again smile

kay2204 Sun 30-Nov-14 19:55:40

Can I keep DD home as send the school the de-registering letter or does she need to go?

ommmward Sun 30-Nov-14 20:31:37

You can drop the letter off rather than her grin As soon as the letter is received by the school, as long as it says something about deregistering her with immediate effect, bam, that's it, she never has to go again!

kay2204 Sun 30-Nov-14 21:48:59

Thank you ommmward as I didn't want to send her in tomorrow, I have got someone phoning me tomorrow to from home education support smile

apotatoprintinapeartree Sun 30-Nov-14 22:03:26

Hello OP

You sound like you have all had a terrible time, I'm sure as others have said h. ed will be great for your dd.

Are you aware you have identified your dd in your post above.
If you report your thread I think they can remove the name.

Good luck to your dd, I hope you have a good time learning together.

kay2204 Sun 30-Nov-14 23:59:57

Thank you I didn't even realise I put her name sad do I just press the report button?

ToffeeWhirl Mon 01-Dec-14 00:12:36

Yes, just press the report button and then you'll have a chance to explain why you want to remove the post.

Education Otherwise give an example deregistration letter here. I emailed the school initially, attaching my letter, so that they knew, then posted the signed letter to them the same day for their records. You could do that if you don't want to go in tomorrow.

I hope you and DD have a lovely, relaxing time in the run up to Christmas. Make sure you both have a break!

kay2204 Mon 01-Dec-14 16:11:04

Thank you all so much for your help I really do appreciate it smile

Saracen Mon 01-Dec-14 20:59:52

Hi Kay, glad you've been able to make a decision and I hope your daughter enjoyed her first day of home ed!

Did you hear from the home education support person, and were you happy with the outcome of the phone call?

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