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Anyone home educating older children please?

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owlsintheflowerpatch Thu 24-Mar-16 15:59:03

Have a 13 year old. Currently in year 8. Had an awful year at school to the point we ended up at the GP. Final straw being a badly handled serious incident of which she was the victim.

Can anyone help. Are there any good sites to get learning information for older children? I want to stay close to the work she would be doing in school if possible as she may return to a different school.

Help appreciated.

Saracen Sat 26-Mar-16 12:46:19

Hi Owls!

Really sorry to hear your dd had such a rough time at school. Is she out now? How is she feeling? I think the top priority in the short term is to help her relax and recover. She'll be able to focus much better once she is happier. And you have plenty of time: I assume you are planning to HE at least until Sept? Kids learn very fast with one-to-one attention, and education targeted at the right level for them. Besides, much of the school day is a write-off in educational terms since there is so much "overhead" for moving between classes, waiting for people to get themselves organised etc etc. You'll be surprised at how much she can cover in just a few hours a day. That means you can let her have a few months off with no fear of her falling far behind.

I do have a 16yo who is HE, but our own personal experience is not very relevant to you because she has never aimed at joining school and isn't doing exams at this time. I hope somebody else will come along soon who can give you more specific advice.

Meanwhile, I can give you a bit of information and my impressions as a bystander at lots of chats among HE friends about such subjects.

It seems to me that many people both in and out of the school system regard years 7-9 as a time when relatively little education is accomplished in the classroom. (No doubt a secondary teacher will wander through in a minute and bite my head off for that one!) "Consolidation", if we want to put it more tactfully. Ensuring kids are all on the same page and ready to start working toward GCSEs, giving them independent study skills and so on. Regardless, the fact is that many home ed families don't get down to serious work until they start working toward exams. So you don't necessarily have to do much in order to keep up.

My HE pals do seem to be interested in developing the following skills at ages 12-14:
Foreign languages. If your child joins a school in Y10 where the others have been doing French since Y7, and she hasn't, she may not be ready/allowed to choose it as a GCSE option.
Essay writing. Useful if she is going to do exams whether at school or not.

By the way, looking toward the future, it is considered fairly easy to rejoin school any time up to the start of Y10. After that it gets increasingly difficult for the inflexible, rigidly age-based school system to accommodate new arrivals. You might want to bear this watershed in mind. If your daughter is still home educated after that time, in effect you'll be committing to carry on with HE. On the plus side, if you do HE for exams then you can do any number of exams, at any age and in any order. Most people opt for IGCSEs but there are alternatives. HE is far more flexible than school, which might make it an appealing option.

The only sites I know of are BBC bitesize (which I've never used, but people say it is good and engaging), and Duolingo, which my teen and I have recently started using for learning a foreign language.

If you have questions about specific subjects then you may get a good response by asking here on this board.

Good luck!

greenbloom Sat 26-Mar-16 22:45:50

Have a look at tes for many free resources geared towards teachers - but anyone can create a login and use them. It covers all subjects so should give you a good idea of what would be happening in school. I'd particularly suggest keeping up with maths and English to avoid any difficulties later.

MariscallRoad Fri 01-Apr-16 21:25:10

Does the DD want to return to schooling at a school? How does she feel about going to school now? Does she miss friends? Did she find any interest at school? Is there something particular she likes to do?

My experience would not be relevant because DS was HE all the time. When he was 16 he decided to continue self reading at home and doing exams he chose. He had chosen to read a broad range of subjects and tried to see where he could get resources. So his choice started from the subjects he was interested and wanted to study. He liked to read broadly. Some of the subjects he did at 2 distance online schools and did a few each year. He also read at home on his own some subjects.

One of the HE friends at 16 enrolled at a Sith Form College and did excellent. It all depends, because some Colleges have a set range of subjects. So what I d recomend is to see what any other school offers and if it interests the child.

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