Ed­u­ca­tion: a school’s flex­i­ble ap­proach

SARAH MAUDE, head of school at Rack­en­ford C of E VA Pri­mary School, dis­cusses the school’s new flex­i­ble school­ing ini­tia­tive, and how par­ents and chil­dren across Devon can ben­e­fit from this tai­lored learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence

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Many par­ents of school-aged chil­dren will un­der­stand the stresses of try­ing to place their chil­dren in the school of their choice. While they may have con­tem­plated home school­ing, the new flex­i­ble school­ing ap­proach of­fers a mid­dle way for those who wish to reap the ben­e­fits of both at­ten­dance at school and home teach­ing.

‘Rack­en­ford has been in­cred­i­ble in sup­port­ing us on our flexi school­ing jour­ney’

Flexi school­ing al­lows par­ents and chil­dren to work flex­i­bly be­tween home and school, tai­lor­ing a child’s learn­ing jour­ney to best suit their needs. It’s a chance to be led by your child’s pas­sions and in­ter­ests, as well as ex­plor­ing vary­ing meth­ods of learn­ing and dif­fer­ent en­vi­ron­ments out­side of the class­room.

Rack­en­ford Pri­mary is one of the few Devon pri­mary schools to of­fi­cially of­fer this op­tion to par­ents.

We are find­ing that many of our ‘flexi-fam­i­lies’ are re­ally en­joy­ing the free­dom that flexi school­ing can of­fer.

One par­ent, El­lie, has been us­ing the flexi school­ing ini­tia­tive of­fered by Rack­en­ford. She says: “Flexi school­ing is a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity for our fam­ily. It en­ables us to develop and work on the chil­dren’s in­di­vid­ual in­ter­ests, which just wouldn’t be pos­si­ble in a school set­ting.

“We go out and about as much as pos­si­ble in or­der to learn from the world around us. This in­cludes vis­it­ing mu­se­ums, gal­leries, li­braries, zoos, parks and Na­tional Trust prop­er­ties – as well as us­ing the beau­ti­ful Devon­shire coun­try­side.

“Rack­en­ford has been in­cred­i­ble in sup­port­ing us on our flexi school­ing jour­ney, work­ing closely with us in an ar­range­ment that worked for the school as well as our fam­ily.”

If you’re in­ter­ested in find­ing out more about how the ar­range­ment works, we host reg­u­lar cof­fee morn­ings with our cur­rent and prospec­tive flex­i­fam­i­lies.

I en­cour­age any­one to come along, to learn more about this pro­gres­sive method of ed­u­ca­tion and to see how we can help your child to get the very best out of their pri­mary ed­u­ca­tion.


Ly­dia Tewkes­buryre­ports on ed­u­ca­tion in Devon

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