Norfolk Home Learning

        From small beginnings to great success

Welcome to my Home Education (aka Home Schooling) page!

I used to train teachers but a varied career in education has taught me the merits of Home Education. (For one of my major turning points see The Story of Steven.) 

The term 'Home Education' can be misleading, conjuring up the image of a lonely child shut up at home. In fact most home educated youngsters get out and about far more than their school-friends.

As the home education community grows so do the social opportunities, with mothers - it's usually mothers - and youngsters all enjoying a growing circle of like-minded friends.

Perhaps we should call it 'Freedom Learning' - or 'Learning Together.' I think we're stuck with 'Home Education' or even 'Home Schooling' but don't let anyone tell you it means a cloistered existence!

'Socialised yes, brutalised no.'

Youngsters with special needs or special talents are especially prone to be lonely, bullied or anxious at school. Badly socialised schoolkids simply can't connect with anyone outside their own small cliques,

The local home ed community embraces whole families, and all ages meet and mix in a way that prepares the younger members for life.

We're one of the local home ed families who'll give you a welcome and get you off to a happy start.

Getting in on the action!

Home education Facebook groups share the latest news about weekly meetings where youngsters gather for study, fun and lively pursuits!

Older home educated youngsters can take their pick from a range of classes in drama, maths and other subjects offered two days a week in the centre of Norwich. Another resource is the Puppet Theatre, which offers some truly mind-expanding activities.

For those with a yen for theatre there's also the Norwich-based Goblin Market Theatre Company. The stars in their current production, now touring Norfolk, are both home educated. See the glee on their faces in this open air scene and imagine them stuck in a stuffy classroom!

Making the Break

Home Education proves its worth in the first few years of each young life and it carries on throughout childhood and teens unless school interrupts it.

To break with school just write to the head. Say you mean to home educate and ask them to take your child off the roll. Then, as log as you do home educate, you answer to no one.

Despite the lack of formalities, starting home ed is still a big step, raising all sorts of questions. Feel free to use the form below to raise your own issues. Every parent asks something different and I always send a personal answer - which is keeping me busy during the lockdown! 

Besides my free advisory work I also do some tutoring when parents feel it would help things along. Among my home ed pupils is my resident grandson, teenage author Elijah (seen here).

Tony D Triggs 

You're very welcome to get in touch!

My postbag is currently swelling as autumn blues set in.

I always reply but prioritise families in Norwich, Yarmouth and north Norfolk.

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