Home Education in the UK – Update May 2020

The 2020 Learn Free conference was due to be held on 16 May, but was moved online because of the Covid-19 pandemic. I was due to provide an update on the political scene surrounding home education in Great Britain. Instead I produced a video rounding up the past and the present situations, given that the majority of families world-wide have been introduced to a very strange form of schooling at home in recent months.

There can be no doubt that the lockdown has changed the educational landscape significantly, and I report on some of the different voices which have been raised as a result of the mass switch to education at home – some encouraging and others far from so. I conclude with a brief look at the rise in online learning and what that may mean in the future, especially in respect to national examinations.

In the video I mention two resources. The first is a list of links to the sources I quote. Secondly, I close with a “Spot-the-difference” question – if you need more time to think about, it you can download a copy.

Finally, at the time of writing it is still possible to “book in” to this year’s Learn Free conference, because all the sessions were recorded and the majority will be available for some time yet. You can see the full programme and register on this page. Some of the better known speakers include:

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