School’s out and the kitchen ta­ble is in!

Big rise in num­ber of home-ed­u­cated chil­dren

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Salina Pa­tel

HOME school­ing has seen a huge surge in three of five west Lon­don bor­oughs over the last five years.

Eal­ing , Hilling­don and Brent are among the top five bor­oughs across the cap­i­tal where more chil­dren are re­ceiv­ing home ed­u­ca­tion since 2011.

Fig­ures ob­tained from a Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion (FOI) re­quest, by Ox­ford Home School­ing, re­vealed the num­ber of chil­dren regis­tered as home ed­u­cated in­creased by 102%, com­pared to a 11% in­crease in the num­ber of school pupils be­tween 2011 and 2016.

The third largest up­take was in Hilling­don with 145% while the sec­ond

big­gest up­take was in Eal­ing with a whop­ping 233% com­pared to 12% rise in school pupils.

The bor­ough of Brent was in fifth place with a rise of 128%.

In other west Lon­don bor­oughs Houn­slow saw a 126% surge in home school­ing be­tween 2011 and 2016 com­pared to just a 12% in­crease in the num­ber of school pupils in the same pe­riod.

Mean­while in % in­crease in chil­dren at state-funded schools 3 12 13 21 9

Ham­mer­smith and Ful­ham there was a 91% in­crease in home ed­u­ca­tion over the last five years in com­par­i­son to a 12% rise in school pupils.

In the last 10 years the data showed a 528% in­crease in the num­ber of chil­dren be­ing taught at home in Lon­don, from 559 in 2006 chil­dren to 3,815 in 2016.

Dr Nick Smith, prin­ci­pal at Ox­ford Home

School­ing, a com­pany pro­vid­ing tu­ition and ma­te­ri­als to par­ents teach­ing chil­dren at home, said: “The growth of home ed­u­ca­tion in Lon­don re­flects Lon­don’s chang­ing di­ver­sity and needs.

“One school struc­ture doesn’t fit all and on­line home ed­u­ca­tion providers like Ox­ford Home School­ing en­able peo­ple to ac­cess al­ter­na­tives much more eas­ily.”

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