Schools pushing children into home schooling, say councils

theguardian | January 17, 2019

Schools pushing children into home schooling, say councils
Local authorities in England say some parents are being “coerced” by schools into home educating their children, often before GCSE exams, and that there has been a sharp increase in the number of pupils being removed, according to the government’s admissions watchdog.The annual report of the Office of the Schools Adjudicator (OSA) says more than 52,000 children were registered as being home schooled in 2017-18, using figures supplied by the 152 local education authorities in England. But it notes that, because there is no requirement on parents to register, the figure is an underestimate of the real total.The figure represents a steep increase from a similar survey in 2015-16 that estimated about 37,000 school-aged children were registered as home educated.Shan Scott, the chief schools adjudicator, said some local authorities had reported substantial increases “of between 40% to 70% in recent years in the numbers of children electively home educated”.

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If location is out of reach due to logistical issues, you can simulate a virtual trip by using a wide variety of augmented reality apps. To make it easier to give lessons and presentations, use a tool that tracks and displays classroom noise. You can bolster your lesson plans by using videos as stand-alone overviews for some topics. Whether it is a contact from another school or a seasoned lecturer you reach out to, bringing an expert into your classroom will expose your students to new ideas and can lighten your workload. Whereas slideshow presentations entirely made up of text can disengage students, ones with multimedia can effectively hold their attention by varying content delivery.

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