Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

We Home-Ed Due to Failings in Education

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

We Home-Ed Due to Failings in Education

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Byline: KELLEY PRICE @KelleyPrice_Gaz

HOME-SCHOOLING families say they wouldn't have to teach their children themselves if there weren't "major failings" in education.

One issue is bullying, which is so bad it's seen several UK schools dubbed 'suicide schools',' with some youngsters cutting themselves and pulling out their eyelashes because they're so unhappy, one mum says.

Recently the Government said it plans to monitor "invisible" homeeducated children.

But Norton parent Elza Stevely says the cash would be "far better spent" on support in school instead of targeting families who choose to educate their kids at home.

Elza, a former teacher who homeeducates her children, claims there is "immense pressure" on children, including from social media, and many parents feel like they have no choice but to take theirs out of a school system that is "majorly failing" them.

Elza will join other parents in a nationwide peaceful protest on Wednesday against the Government's plans for a compulsory register of all home-schooled children, with sanctions for those who don't comply. A final report by Stockton Council on inclusion in schools will go to cabinet later this month, amid calls to tighten up scrutiny of home-schooled youngsters in the borough, following a fourfold increase in the number of homeed families.

Elza said: "A safety net should exist for children who were either pushed out by schools, have been made anxious and suffer from mental health issues as a consequence of what happened at school, or come from homes where they do not have support.

"But the elephant in the room is the school system that is majorly failing our kids, or else there would be no titles like Suicide School.

"And the PS200m would be far better spent on supporting those kids.

"Waiting until they have de-registered and are then classed as homeeducated is like sticking a band-aid plaster on the victim of a serious car crash. …

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