Home education in England

Home education

In the UK parents are legally responsible for ensuring their children receive a full time education between the ages of 5 and 16/18. Traditionally, most people achieve this by sending their child to school. However, an increasing number of parents now choose to educate their children at home and not at school, and it is completely legal to do so, although regulations around this vary slightly between England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Reasons for choosing to educate your children at home vary widely, and include things like concern over the quality of education offered locally in schools;concern over the level of compulsory testing in scools our children are subjected to from an early age; philosophical reasons; religious reasons; and to remove the pressure imposed by school attendance targets on chronically sick kids. And there are as many more reasons as they are home educating families! Perhaps it boils down to the fact that every home educating family has made the decision that they can do better for their child/ children than the school system can. It is also possible to have a combination of children at school and others being home educated in the same family if that’s what suits.

Most local areas have thriving and busy home education communities, supported by Facebook groups where meet ups and joint activities are planned. Concern is often expressed by people in general about home educated children lacking opportunities to socialize and be with their peers: this is not the case. There is plenty going on: in most areas there is a home ed activity on pretty much every weekday, and home educated children get very normal and natural opportunities to socialize  every day with the people they meet in the courses of day to day life. They also have access to the full range of ‘out of school’ activities available to to schooled children such as Brownies, Cubs, sports clubs, swimming classes…the list is endless.

Education at home can be completely tailored to suit the learning needs and stages of each child, and a much greater amount of one to one time provided. Families might, for example, choose a completely unstructured and child led approach to learning following the child’s interests as a lead, or may prefer at the other extreme to keep an eye on the National Curriculum requirements for their child’s age and tailor learning around that. Or any combination in between.

The charity Education Otherwise has some useful information. The site provides information and resources for home educating families and those considering home education for the first time, including guidance on home education and the law, SEN and disabilities; downloadable fact sheets covering many aspects of HE; and links to local HE groups across the UK. If you are new to HE, you might like to start by reading our ‘Frequently Asked Questions’. Though education is compulsory in the UK for children between the ages of five and sixteen, school is not. Many families prefer to educate their children otherwise than at school, and it is their right under UK law to do so.


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Independent Parental Special Education Advice (known as IPSEA) is a registered charity (number 327691). 

help get the right education for children and young people with all kinds of special educational needs (SEN) and disabilities. You can read an example of how IPSEA helps children and young people, click here for a report..


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Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EE or EoE) is an emerging disease that is increasingly being recognized among pediatricians, internists, allergist, gastroenterologist (GI specialists), and other physicians. It is a condition that affects the esophagus and has been rising in incidence over the past decade.

EE Symptoms may include:

  • Poor weight gain (failure to thrive)
  • Refusal to eat
  • Vomiting often occurring with meals
  • Heartburn
  • Difficulty swallowing (dysphagia)
  • Pain or discomfort with swallowing (odynophagia)
  • Food becoming lodged within the esophagus (food impaction)



Allergy Evaluation

A central component of the workup of eosinophilic esophagitis (EE or EoE) is the allergy evaluation. A number of studies have demonstrated that allergies when children with EE who have been placed on a diet of only a hypoallergenic elemental formula, in almost all cases they have rapid resolution of their symptoms, and normalization of their esophageal biopsies . This indicates that food allergies appear to be the main cause of this disease.

Although elemental formula diets are highly effective, they can be quite challenging to stay on, so the role of the allergist is to try to identify which food allergens may be triggering a patient’s disease so that they can be removed from the diet. There are 3 main ways in which food allergies can be detected in EE.
– Skin prick testing
– Blood allergy testing (eg. RAST)
– Atopy patch testing


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 Non-Operative Correction for Long-Gap Esophageal Atresia

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About 1000 infants a year in the states are born with their esophagus disconnected, which is called Esophageal Atresia (EA). The standard operation for esophageal atresia is Foker process, which requires several thoracotomies for placing traction sutures on esophageal ends, followed by primary anastomosis. There have been attempts to develop non-operative method for correcting esophageal atresia, especially by using magnetic force. Hendren et al. explored electromagnetic bougienage method to correct long gap esophageal atresia. Zaritzky et al. presented a method of magnetic compression anastomosis, which took advantage of large attracting force between two rare-earth permanent magnets.

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