In the US, it is called ‘homeschooling’, and the official legal term in the UK is ‘home education’… but why did I feel that neither of these terms really fit what we are doing, and why do I tell people we are World Learning?
Well, let’s start off with answering some questions about what ‘home education’ is in the UK.
Did you know that the legal default in the UK for a child’s schooling is home education? It is the parents that are legally responsible for ensuring that their child of compulsory school age receives “efficient full-time education suitable to his age, ability and aptitude, and to any special educational needs he may have, either by regular attendance at school or otherwise”. So a parent can choose to opt in to the school system and delegate that responsibility to the school (and Ofsted holds the school accountable to the parents that way), or can decide to fulfill their legal duties under the “or otherwise” part.