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Home education: The pros and cons

Should you teach your kids?

From SheKnows UK
Every parent in the UK has the right to educate their child at home. Educating your child outside of the school system offers many benefits, but it also has drawbacks. So how do you decide whether home education would be the right choice for your child and your family? To help make up your mind, we take a look at the main pros and cons of home education.

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The pros of home education:


You have full control over what, when and how your child learns. Your child is able to progress at their own pace, with no competition or need to be 'top of the class'. If there is a particular area that they are struggling with, you can focus more time on that subject until they are feeling more confident.


Home education allows parents, children and other family members to spend more time together. As a result, quality time is no longer restricted to evenings, weekends and school holidays. It also enables you to take unimpeded advantage of off-peak holidays and daytrips, helping you to save money and avoid the crowds.


Children who are home educated have more opportunities to socialise with people from a wider range of age groups. While after-school activities and home education support groups allow children to make friend of similar ages,  a significant amount of time can also be spent with older and younger people. Some home educating parents believe this lessens the risk of negative peer pressure and social exclusion.


'Home' education isn't actually restricted to your home -- you can continue teaching your child anywhere and at any time. Educational opportunities can be found at the park, zoo, museum, shopping centre and on your family holiday. With a little imagination, you can make the most of every learning occasion.


It is far easier to protect your child from the negative experiences of bullying and poor teaching when your are not separated from them for several hours each day. Knowing that your child is not being victimised can offer you piece of mind and can help your child to develop a positive view of the world.

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