A Problem Shared: Can I Be Home Schooled Online?

A Problem Shared Education Health | by | 17th Aug 2018

Learning online for home schooled APS

A young person suffering with anxiety wants to leave school and be home schooled. Is this the best option for them? They contacted FamilyPoint for advice.

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Dear FamilyPoint,

I’m wondering if I can get full time education online if both of my parents work full time? School is bad, and because I suffer with bad anxiety it’s makes it even worse. I cry almost every night because of it and I think being online schooled would be a great for me. My mother usually comes home from work at 5pm. She would be able to supervise and look over my work, making sure I’m doing it. My father or brother could also supervise me, making sure I’m not doing anything wrong.

FamilyPoint’s Advice

Hi there, thanks for getting in touch with Family Point. We will do our best to answer your query and provide you with information about possible options.

Online home schooling

Home schooling online is available to children and young people in Wales and throughout the UK. The hours are less than time spent in an actual school, as generally you can get more work done at home as you don’t have to travel there, go to registration, change lessons, have break and lunch-times. MyOnlineSchooling.com and InterHigh are just two online schooling providers to give you an idea of what you can expect from home schooling online.

The cost

There is a cost to home schooling. The local education department does not have a duty to fund it as they already provide full-time education in their local schools. The good news is that money spent on home schooling can be off-set by not having to spend money on uniforms, lunches, travel, school trips and any other expenses associated with attending school.

The law and responsibility

TheSchoolRun.com has information on the laws of home education in Wales and the Welsh Government has a guide with information on Elective Home Education for parents. They explain the law and what your parents would need to do if they agreed to you being home schooled.

If your parents agree to home schooling, they will need to contact your Head-teacher to ask them to remove your name from the school-roll. The school will notify the education department in your local authority (council). They usually arrange to meet with the family to discuss their plans for home schooling. If you parents are willing to consider home schooling as an option, they and the education officer may have some concerns about you being alone during the day while they’re at work, and will probably want to discuss this.

Dealing with anxiety

I’m so sorry to hear that you suffer with anxiety, and that you feel school makes it worse and cry about it most nights. It sounds like you feel that home education would benefit you, but you might want to think about the pros and cons first. Whilst there are still opportunities for you to socialise when receiving home schooling (with existing friends and other online pupils or via home school networks in your area and events), it might be a good idea to chat to your parents and maybe even your doctor to discuss whether being alone during the day might impact on your anxiety and isolate you.

If the root of you wanting to be home educated is due to your anxiety, perhaps exploring with a professional, such as a counsellor, would help. You can explore the causes of your anxiety and look at how you can address and resolve these difficulties. This could lead to you deciding that you don’t need to leave school.

If you want to talk about your options further and about having your voice heard, you can ring the Meic helpline and speak to one of the helpline advisor advocates. Meic is a helpline for children and young people in Wales that offers information, advice and advocacy.

Whatever you decide, we wish you all the best

The FamilyPoint Team

FamilyPoint Helpline

If you would like further information on national or local support services, then you can contact us at FamilyPoint Cymru via phone 0300 222 57 57, text 07860 052 905, or IM/Chat. We are open Monday to Friday 9am-5pm.

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