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
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