Homeschooling in the UK

Growth in the Number of British Homeschoolers

Roland Meighan of the University of Nottingham School of Education, a longtime observer of the alternative education movement in Britain, wrote a fascinating article, "Home-based Education Effectiveness Research and Some of its Implications," in volume 47 of Educational Review (November 1, 1995), beginning at page 275. Meighan sums up the international trends in his abstract by writing, "In the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and elsewhere, a quiet revolution has been taking place. More and more families are taking the option of home-based education in preference to school attendance. The evidence supports only two generalisations about this development. The first is that families display considerable diversity in motives, methods and aims. The second is that they are usually very successful in achieving their chosen aims."

Professor Meighan's article notes an estimate from the time of his article of over 1 million homeschoolers in the United States. He points out that there were as few as twenty families known to be homeschooling in Britain in 1977, but as of the time of his November 1995 article, there were almost 10,000. Indeed, the London Evening Standard newspaper reported on Monday, January 15, 1996 that 15,000 families are estimated to be homeschooling in Britain, which is a 50 percent increase over the year before. It is thought that 100 children a month may be leaving Britain's state schools to begin homeschooling.

British Home Schooling Organizations

Education Otherwise
Site of one of Britain's major national homeschooling organizations.
Educate Online Homeschooling on the Web
Homeschooling information from a British company.
Choice in Education
Site of a British homeschooling publication and organization.

Other Pages of This FAQ

Feel free to browse the other pages of the Homeschooling Is Growing Worldwide FAQ, besides this Homeschooling in The United Kingdom page, for more detailed information. The overall structure of the FAQ is like the outline below:
Homeschooling Is Growing Worldwide (main page of homeschool growth FAQ)
Overview of growth trends in the number of home-schooled children around the world.
Homeschooling in Minnesota
Official statistics on homeschooling in Minnesota, the Land of 10,000 Homeschoolers, with links to state organizations.
Homeschooling in Missouri
Links to resources on homeschooling in Missouri.
Homeschooling in North Carolina
Official statistics on homeschooling in North Carolina.
Homeschooling in Virginia
Official statistics on homeschooling in Virginia, with links to state organizations.
Homeschooling Growth in the 1980s
Homeschooling growth trends in the United States in the 1980s, as recorded in a 1990 research paper.
Homeschooling in the United Kingdom [this page]
Basic information and links about homeschooling in The United Kingdom, a country with thousands of homeschoolers.
Homeschooling in Canada
Basic information and links about homeschooling in Canada, a country with thousands of homeschoolers.
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