Not starting school.

Smallest isn’t starting school this september. I *think* that the letter we had implied she would be due to start this time – she’s 5 in November, so would presumably be one of the oldest in her year. I think there are a lot of things about school she’d love, but overall, I think that […]

My educational philosophy.

The law in this country relating to education states: Duty of parents to secure education of children of compulsory school age The parent of every child of compulsory school age shall cause him to receive efficient full-time education suitable— a: to his age, ability and aptitude, and b: to any special educational needs he may […]

Pointless education and missing caches.


You can take the boy out of the school, but can you take the school out of the parent? There’s a constant balancing act here, to discharge our legal duty under Section 7 of the 1996 Education Act 7. The parent of every child of compulsory school age shall cause him to receive efficient full-time […]

The Not Back to School Carnival – because education is mandatory, but school isn’t.

Home education is a valid and legal option. And there are lots of people doing it. This is a carnival of celebration, of encouragement, and I’m thrilled that so many people have joined in. So without further ado, let’s take a wander. You may remember I posted some prompts – a few people have taken […]

Not back to school carnival prompts.

I’m happy to have any posts on home education/ flexi schooling or whatever really that people can come up with. I want to post the carnival early september – so if you can get links to me by end of August that gives me a bit of time to get organised. There’s a contact form […]

Home education on

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A new kid in town? There’s a new parenting website in town, but this one is a bit different to the mum focussed networks that seem to be all over the place. (Not that I’m saying mum focussed networks or bad, but does mean that there is room for alternatives!) is a membership site […]

The economics of home education – a personal point of view.

One of the odd things about home education is how many myths surround it. For example, there is often this theory that only the rich can do it, that it’s out of reach of ordinary families as they can’t afford for one parent not to work. In my experience that’s just not true, though certainly […]

The whole early years/ school age thing and home education, with a book review.

Increasingly via twitter I’m getting contacted about home education. This is good. I’m glad that ppl have somewhere to reach out to. When I was considering it for Big, all those years ago, my online answers came courtesy of the Muddlepuddle, now Early Years, yahoo group. That group put me in touch with a fantastic […]

Hannibal returns.

Years ago, when I was a much younger and less experienced parent (and actually thought there might be a Right Way to do things, that only I didn’t know) Big went to nursery. It was a very good nursery. The staff cared very much about the children, and they were all very calm, highly qualified […]

Learning to read – a carnival!

So sorry this has taken me so long to post. without any further ado… Here’s Katie from Outside the Box with her Change makes you wanna hustle post about different approaches for different children. Drool over the absolute gorgeousness that is Chris’s post on the subject, Ready to Read, Something for the weekend. (Seriously, I […]

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