'Reasons for home education' survey report


Scottish Home Education Forum Survey (February 2018)

Reasons for school-age children being in home education

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Reasons for families opting for home education are many and varied, from positive, proactive choice to ‘no choice’ due to insurmountable problems experienced by children in schools.

A significant, and concerning, finding is that the majority of families surveyed reported reasons around disability, ASD, chronic illness and, most especially, mental health issues, including severe school anxiety to the point of attempted suicide. Schools were said to be failing to meet the needs of children with disabilities and those in acute distress.

Nevertheless, the survey suggests that home education remains a popular choice for parents from the outset, and many have researched the options well before their children reach school age, which a significant number consider to be too young for formal education. Many are opposed to the factory-model schooling system and believe compulsory attendance is antithetical to children’s rights, pointing to the hypocrisy of seeking the views of home educated children on their education, while ignoring those of school pupils who vote with their feet.

Many respondents also believed schools are not fit for their stated purpose of educating all children according to their age, aptitude and ability, taking into account their additional support needs. Some have tried, and abandoned, school for home education, remaining respectful of their children's views, and have not looked back.

Several parents reported situations where schools were unable to guarantee pupils' safety or had contributed to children's distress by the inappropriate use of physical restraint or isolation. Despite parents being legally responsible for the care and education of their children, they had been threatened with prosecution or referral to the children’s reporter for removing them from an unsafe environment.

GIRFEC data mining, SHANARRI wellbeing ‘indoctrination’ and the CfE were also seen as contributing to the erosion of trust in professionals, the breakdown in home/school relationships and downward slide in academic standards.

“The system is broken” was the clear message from survey participants. As one four-year-old put it, “Why have you taken me away from my life?”


Thank you for sharing this information.

Eye-opening / Jaw-dropping to say the least.

Is there anyone in the Media willing to print these findings, or are the papers controlled by the state too?


One education editor is interested in doing a feature on this, probably later in the month when we manage to get an interview date sorted out.

Feel free to circulate elsewhere in the meantime. :)
Here's a good reason for home education in the Isle of Man:

Shocking violence as teenager locks his rival in a headlock then CHOKES him after the pair trade blows in brutal brawl watched by jeering classmates

A shocking video captured the moment a schoolboy began choking another boy out on the ground - before kicking him in the head.
The disturbing footage shows the two youngsters, wearing maroon uniforms, battling each other in a field - while onlookers scream and urge them to fight.
The two boys, who have not been identified, continue to punch each other viciously in the head throughout the clip.
Where were the teachers? So much for 'safeguarding'.


Sadly this sort of behaviour is all to common in and outside of schools in the UK.
Used to be that it was accepted as part and parcel of life :lalala:, but now that many people have smartphones, they are quick to video any sort of anti-social event.
With these fights on 'record', someone has to take responsibility. Schools blame parents/society, and parents blame schools. Sad but true.
Adolescent boys fighting each other is not a new phenomenon.

The full video is on Youtube and the fight goes on for quite some time. An audience of teenagers has assembled to watch it and there appears to be a child acting as a referee. One boy appears to be quite badly knocked about.

If this has happened in a public place the police would have been called.

If this had happened in a public place and one of the children was home educated I would have expected the local education authority to become involved and make enquiries about the education.

As a parent I would be absolutely livid if my child returned home from school with bruises and ripped clothing from a fight during the school day.

The issue as far as am concerned is the poor supervision by the school but I doubt very much that anyone bought them to account. Imagine if OFSTED had been there to witness the fight . . .