Home Education Introduction

Parents choose home-education for many different reasons. Some parents are dissatisfied with the available school education or hold alternative life philosophies than those prevalent in schools. Others believe that the compulsive and classical character of school can stand in the way of child development, or that some children develop behavioural and perceptional problems because they go to school (Sperling, 2005).Home-education, on the other hand, allows education to be fine-tuned to the individual child. Finally, parents may want to spare their children the experience of unwanted ‘peer-pressure,’ teasing, or violence at school.Here you find further information about the results of home education and the prospects for high-able children.

Starting Home Education

Home education is choice outside the box, which doesn’t mean it couldn’t be a good choice. Parents have to weigh up the advantages and disadvantages of home education and make an informed decision.
People new to home education normally don’t know home educators close by and mostly family and friends are not familiar with reliable information about home education, which makes it sometimes difficult to decide.

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“Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.” Albert Einstein

Huge Community

Surprisingly for most parents on the verge to make such a decision is the stunning fact that Home Education is a huge, but seemingly invisible, community in England and many different Home Education support groups flourish in all counties where they organise all kinds of (social) activities for the children and teenagers, from singing to GCSE’s groups, where parents can get support and advice.
If you consider home education the website of Education Otherwise is also very informative.


It seems that high-able children are over represented among the home educators (De Hoogh, 2006), which can make those home education support groups an ideal environment for high-able children because it gives them the opportunity to socialise and build relationships with intellectual peers.


More about the general results of home education can be read here.

Prospects Home Education

More about the prospects of home education for high-able children can be read here.


If parents want support in making an informed decision about starting home education or on another issue they are welcome to contact Simone de Hoogh ‘ECHA Specialist in Gifted Education’, Qualified Coach and Parenting Consultant and experienced home-educator herself for a Free Introductory Talk by phone/ Skype or in person to explore if she could be of support for you.

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