Mum's home education family support group

PUBLISHED: 07:28 08 June 2006 | UPDATED: 09:25 24 May 2010

Vivian and Helen Evans.

Vivian and Helen Evans.

A MUM who educates her teenage daughter at home is setting up a support group for parents who double up as teachers. Vivian Evans of Marconi Close, Weston, took her 13-year-old daughter Helen out of school two years ago because she was being bullied and d

A MUM who educates her teenage daughter at home is setting up a support group for parents who double up as teachers.Vivian Evans of Marconi Close, Weston, took her 13-year-old daughter Helen out of school two years ago because she was being bullied and decided she would teach her at home.The 41-year-old is trying to set up a support group for other people who teach their children at home. The group would meet monthly so the families could share ideas and experiences. The mother-of-three said: "Hopefully we can organise trips out together, similar to school outings, and the children can benefit from more social activities."I already know of five families but I'm sure there are many more."Home tutoring is a growing trend as more people become aware of it."People choose to teach their children at home for different reasons. "Sometimes it is to avoid bullying or because a school cannot cope with a child's disability and others choose it because of religious reasons."Since Helen has been taught from home she has become a lot more confident and easy going, we get on really well."There are so many books around now to help with home tutoring and when the group is up and running there will be options to share lessons."A home tutor can choose to either follow the national curriculum or decide what to include themselves."While obviously including the maths and English, I tend to follow a curriculum based around animals and wildlife because my daughter wants to be a vet."Our routine can vary from one day to the next. She gets up early, at a normal time, but sometimes we go on trips to the museum or swimming and other days we hit the books."She will sit her GCSEs and then go to a college for higher education."To contact Vivian call 07957 580935.

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