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In this episode, hosted by the BERA Alternative Education SIG  Dr Amber Fensham-Smith (Open University) interviews Joanna Merrett (University of Exeter), a Researcher and Elective Home Education Consultant.

An estimated 54,000 children in the UK are home educated, although the actual number of home educated children is largely unknown.

Amber and Joanna discuss the impact the Covid-19 pandemic has had on elective home education families and Joanna’s recent research submitted to the UK EHE select committee: The Voice of Experienced Elective Home Educating (EHE) parents: the risk of missing home-educated children in the education policy response to school closure and lessons for adapting home learning.

References:
Fensham-Smith, A (2020) Should we really call this home schooling? Reflections from the research field, BERA Blog: https://www.bera.ac.uk/blog/should-we-really-call-this-home-schooling-reflections-from-the-research-field

Merrett, J. (2020) ‘The Voice of Experienced Elective Home Educating (EHE) parents: the risk of missing home-educated children in the education policy response to school closure and lessons for adapting home learning’, Written evidence submitted the UK EHE select committee, available at: https://committees.parliament.uk/writtenevidence/9204/html/

Ofsted (2019) ‘Exploring moving to home education in secondary schools’, available at: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/839161/Exploring_moving_into_home_education.pdf

Myers, M. and Bhopal, K. (2018) ‘Muslims, home education and risk in British society’, British Journal of Sociology of Education, 39:2, 212-226.     

Pattison, H. (2020) ‘Muslim Home Educators in the time of Prevent’ International Review of Qualitative Research. 00(0) 1–23

In this Episode

Amber Fensham-Smith, Dr

Lecturer in Childhood and Youth Studies at Open University

Amber is a lecturer in childhood and youth studies at the Open University and co-convenor of the Alternative Education special interest group. A sociologist by training, her research seeks to give voice to marginalised and excluded communities in...

Joanna Merrett

EYPS Researcher at Center for Social Mobility at University of Exeter

Joanna is a researcher for The Centre for Social Mobility at Exeter University. As well as being a Home Education Consultant and Early Years Teacher. Most recently conducting the biggest survey of home educators (UK), in recent years. Joanna has...