Home education soars

THE number of students who are being educated at home has gone up 25 per cent in three years - and most parents say it is down to bullying or because they are dissatisfied with their child's school environment. The figures, revealed by North Somerset Coun

THE number of students who are being educated at home has gone up 25 per cent in three years - and most parents say it is down to bullying or because they are dissatisfied with their child's school environment.The figures, revealed by North Somerset Council, show that in the academic year 2005 to 2006, 102 young people were taught outside school, compared to 75 in 2003 to 2004.Of those who left school to be educated at home, 26 sets of parents cited the reason for pulling their child out of school as 'dissatisfaction with the school environment' and 19 said it was because of bullying. Only one lot said that in 2005 to 2006 it was because of any emotional or behaviour difficulties the child was having.A North Somerset Council spokesman said: "The number of home educated children is small when compared with our school population of 28,000 students. "The parents' reasons of bullying and dissatisfaction with the school environment have fallen since last year.


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