I WOULD like to bring to your attention the closing statement in an article ‘Truancy sweeps for Fenland’ (Citizen May 2) in which Education Welfare Officer Julie Rutterford is reported as saying ‘Parents have a legal duty to ensure their child or children are attending school regularly’.
This is not true. Parents have a legal duty to ensure their children are receiving an education, but that does not have to be by attendance at school.
While I am not advocating truancy if children are registered at a school,
I am frustrated by remarks such as these that serve to keep the viable, legal alternative of home education a secret.
While many children may do well in school there are some that do not.
They may find it very confining and stifling, that it makes them stressed and miserable, or even simply that they just do not learn well in such a ‘one size fits all’ environment.
Families of such children might truly embrace the opportunity to try home education if they only knew it existed.
There are many further misunderstandings surrounding home education.
For example that children are either being hot housed, or left to run feral; that they spend hours at the kitchen table and have no opportunity for socialisation; that you have to follow the National Curriculum or be a teacher yourself; that home educated children have no chance of getting GCSEs and so on.
As someone who has been home educating for over ten years and loving it, I feel passionately that the realities of home education should be freely available for parents who wish to consider this option.
If parents wish to find out more they could start by visiting my website www.cambshomeed.co.uk