Flexischooling is a unique arrangement between the parent and the school in which children are registered at school normally yet only attend part time. The rest of the time the child will be home educated. There is no curriculum that parents must follow when they are educating their children at home, but the children must follow the National Curriculum while they are in school.
Flexischooling is not for everyone, but it can work very well for some children. If parents have the resources, time and energy to devote to schooling their child outside of a traditional school environment then this option can have a fantastic effect on their child’s learning.
- Children can study in depth the subjects that they find interesting, broadening their education beyond the curriculum.
- Children can forge closer bonds with their parents.
- Children can take part in activities and trips with their parents that will enrich their learning.
- If children are slightly behind their peers, the one-on-one attention can help them to catch up.
- Flexischooling can sometimes be a better option for children who have special needs.
- It can be an advantage for children who have health problems that cause them to miss a lot of school.
- Can be a great way for homeschooled children to smoothly transition into full-time school.
- Children might miss out on the social interaction aspect of school and may be at a disadvantage when making friends. They might feel lonely and isolated.
- Other children might resent the fact that your child gets to leave school for the afternoon and do activities with their parents.
- Parents might not have strong teaching skills or might teach incorrect information.
- Children might not know the complete curriculum for a standardised exam.
- If the child has to go to school full time in the future, they might find it difficult to adjust.
How Does it Work in the UK?
Unfortunately, because the government would prefer registered pupils to attend school full time and schools are required to keep track of the attendance, many children who are being flexi-schooled are marked as absent. However, it is perfectly legal to flexi-school in the UK provided the school has made an agreement with the parent. It is an arrangement that will have to be worked out individually for each child.
There are many resources that parents could take advantage of when flexi-schooling their children. For example, online programmes for Maths and English such as Future School can be a great tool for learning. Also, several studies have shown that Wikipedia is as accurate as Encyclopaedia Britannica, so feel free to use this online resource when you are educating your child.
Also, reading the blogs of other parents who are educating their children at home can offer a lot of valuable insight. Another valuable resource is this guide to taking GCSEs so that parents can ensure that they are on the right track and that their child will be prepared for the official examination.