Is home-schooling better? 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’.
- What is homeschooling?
EHE (Elective Home education) is a collective term used in the UK to describe education provided other than through the schooling system. Parents have a duty to ensure their children are educated but the education legislation in England and Wales does not differentiate between school attendance or education otherwise than at school.
- What are the differences between online schools and traditional schools?
In recent years, home education in the UK alone has grown considerably and is set to keep growing in the future; from an estimated 34,000 students in 2014 – 2015, 60,544 students prior to COVID19 in 2017-2018 and an estimated projection of over 300,000 students by 2025 – 2026.
Traditional schools have been forced to adapt their approach to digital learning and as we face potential further waves of COVID19 in 2021, prepare for the likelihood of further disruption to learning.
Research suggests that online learning has been shown to increase retention of information for students, offer a more personalised approach to learning and take less time than traditional schools.