If you are considering home education or you have been home educating for a while you may like to have addtional information advice or guidance from others from time to time. The 'networking' domain provides you with some handy links / contacts to some of the national,regional and local providers of services or support.
This is only a selection from many that exsist and therefore it does not set out to recommend any particular one, over another: you will have your own unique needs which only you can resolve, but advice and guidance from others may prove helpful.
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Come in to find the latest information on the sites you like to visit, mobiles and new technology. Find out what's good, what's not and what you can do about it. If you look after young people there's an area for you too - with resources you can use at home or just to get with it. Most importantly, there's also a place which anyone can use to report if they feel uncomfortable or worried about someone they are chatting to online. Visit thinkuknow website.
Are you being Bullied?
Bullying can happen to anyone at any age. Being bullied at school home or online might involve someone pushing you, hitting you, teasing you, talking about you or calling you names. No one has the right to hurt you or make you feel bad, and if you are being bullied you don't have to put up with it, you can talk to someone about it. Bullying can happen to anyone at any age.
Childline - 0800 11 11 is the free telephone helpline for children and young people. Committed to improving the lives of young people. Visit the Childline website for more intormation, on-line support and resources.
Know IT All for parents contains advice for parents and carers, and a special section for children and young people. Private Fostering
- - private foster care.
Many professionals who work with children will come across private fostering situations. Professionals in the education, health and social care fields therefore have a shared responsibility to work together to ensure that all privately fostered children are well cared for and are safeguarded from harm. DfE Guidance
(link to pdf webpage).
Parents are encouraged to avail themselves with advice and support from independent Home Education charitable groups:
Launched in December 2007 "Education Everywhere" provides parents with reassurance and guidance on any educational concern. The helpline service offers impartial advice and a friendly ear - ring anytime and speak to an experienced volunteer : all with considerable experience, knowledge, information ideas and endless patience. For more information visit the Education Everywhere website or telephone 01942 897779 where a volunteer is waiting to help you.
PO Box 325 Kings Lynn PE34 3XW
Helpline O845 478 6345
Largest UK membership organisation which provides support and information for families whose children are being educated at home. General information and contacts for local support groups.
There is a well working network of home education groups in the Staffordshire area which are run by dedicated families. We meet regularly for mutual support, organised educational activities, outings, and fun sessions for home educated children of all ages and their carers.
South Cheshire home educators group meet on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month at:-
Yoxhall Village Hall
ED Yourself. Home Education Consultancy.
Fiona Nicholson is a home Educator and former Chair of Education Otherwise Government Policy. Fiona can provide you with a clear up-to-date analysis of the key areas of home education practice and policy in England. Visit the ED Yourself
website for more information.
P.O. Box 98
Welwyn Garden City
Herts, AL8 6AN Phone/Fax: +44 (0)1707 371854
HEAS is a support group which offers information for home educators including advice about educational materials, resources, GCSE examinations, special educational needs, information technology, and legal matters.
Basic information about elective home education and local detail for families in Staffordshire.
Legal guidelines, mailing lists, chat, articles, events calendar, research questionnaire, FAQs, support group listings, Northern Ireland section, scrapbook, games, quizzes and other resources.
Provides information, articles, resources and mailing list for parents of children with special needs who would like to educate at home.
Independent home education magazine. Provides legal guidelines for UK home educators.
Articles and news about alternatives to school-based education, eg Montessori, Rudolph Steiner and the Waldorf method, with emphasis on education at home.
Tips and resources for Christian home schooling.
Islamic Home Education Advisory Network
Telephone and Newsletter support.
Muslims and Home Education
Muslims and Home Education was set up in December 2003 to support Muslim parents and carers.
Home education resources and ideas for parents with younger children.
Articles and books about home-education and alternative learning systems.
SpEArHead (Special Education at Home)
Tel: 0161 799 7244
SpEArHead was established to provide information and advice to parents about the legal right to home education their children with special educational needs and disabilities. It is an independent advice organisation, independent of government, local authorities and other organisations
Tel: 01273 234777 (FFT) is an advice, information and training organisation providing a range of services, including educational advice, to all Travellers - whether traditional, new, settled or on the road.
Tel: 01726 7713 NATT works to promote and improve the education of Travellers. They provide a national list of educational contacts for Travelling families.
An international Dimension - on Homeschooling
Education Corner http://www.educationcorner.com/study-skills.html
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