We know that some of our members choose to home educate their children and young people with special educational needs because that works best for them and for their families. We also know that some others home educate because they feel they don’t have any other option, and many more have told us that they fear they may have to if they cannot find a school or college place that works for their child or young person.
We invited speakers to come and share their expertise and experiences in this area with our members: Karen Lynch from Cheshire East Information Advice & Support (CEIAS), John Fowler (Elective Home Education for Cheshire East), Nikki (a parent who is home educating her son) and Steph – a young person with additional needs who was home educated.
Our panel of experts
Karen Lynch talked about what CEIAS can do to support parents and young people when their school or college placement isn’t working as they’d like – you can click here to see her presentation, and click here for more information on CEIAS including how to contact them
John Fowler shared some facts and pointed out some common misunderstandings about elective home education.
Nikki Greenford is a parent who home educates her son. They decided to try home education having exhausted all other options. They started with a very structured routine but now follow a more active and outdoor approach including conservation, volunteering and working towards his Duke of Edinburgh’s award. They go to activities put on by the National Trust, Cheshire East Countryside rangers and other organisations, which are usually shared through the Home Education Facebook group.
She explained that it is a unique journey for each individual family. There are some real downsides: there is no break, all responsibility is on you, so if you don’t do it it doesn’t get done, and it can have a real impact on financial and domestic arrangements; in Nikki’s case she has stopped work completely while her partner works away for 5 days a week.
it’s a big decision, but not one she regrets at all – her son is very happy and is thriving.
Steph is a young person who was home educated and is now at university. She spoke to our members about her experience of being home educated and how this has affected her. You can see Steph’s presentation here:
My home education journey My Home Education Journey.
We then opened the discussion for questions – you can see the Q&A here:
20181019 Home Q & A
Cheshire East Parent Carer Forum would like, once again, to thank all those who took part for sharing their experiences and expertise. If you have any questions that were not raised that you would like us to ask our panel, please email firstname.lastname@example.org & we will pass it on.