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.
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