The COVID-19 era has ushered in remarkable changes and brought challenges and opportunities to almost every sector.
Education is no exception. One of the most interesting changes has been the views of parents held towards home-schooling.
Previously viewed as an alternative education held by a minority of outsider parents, today more and more families are turning to home-schooling options as the preferred method of ensuring children have a fit for purpose educational experience that traditional schools are failing to deliver.
In England alone, home-schooling numbers have increased by 40% in the year to October 2020 alone. Andrew Halls OBE, Head of the prestigious school, Kings College Wimbledon, predicts this number will grow to over 300,000 by 2025.
Sophia High School is a U.K. based British Curriculum full-time online school for students from Year 1 through to Year 9. Launched in September 2020 with 15 students, it has grown 100% in just one term without the churn of families that other providers experience.
The Economist explores this further in their recent article: ‘Covid-19 has persuaded some parents that home-schooling is better’.