7th Dec 2017
Bullying is traumatic for children and going back to the scene of the abuse can be a traumatic event in itself. Parents may look to alternative opportunities for education, such as homeschooling. Indeed, there has been a 66% rise in homeschooled children, with bullying at school one of the most frequently cited motivations.
If your child has been bullied, you might yourself be looking at alternatives. We’ll go through some of the options, including homeschooling, below.
Homeschooling is the simplest and quickest way to take your child out of a harmful environment whilst maintaining their education. Legislation dictates that parents can home school, though headteachers may be reticent to allow a part-time arrangement if you feel there is a benefit to your child staying in school some of the time.
There are also a few key advantages to homeschooling. Research has shown that home schooling develops better learners, with the focused environment and lack of distractions enabling young pupils more time and patience to hone their skills. What’s more, with the reduction of focus on exams, pupils are encouraged to learn in-depth, rather than parrot learning for the sake of grades.
To touch on the part-time arrangements mentioned above, there are now part-time teaching flexi-schools that intentionally offer teaching on this basis. They’re often less congested and offer more targeted learning. The idea behind this is that parents can use some of their spare time to teach children skills that they might not be getting at school, and can also keep a closer eye on their child if they have bullying concerns.
If you’re able to agree a part-time agreement with a full-time school, you can also use this as a way of easing a child back into the school environment without overwhelming them.
The internet is a wonderful thing and children will often have their own online study groups – of sorts – through social media and communication apps. However, something we know all too well is that . Don’t let that put you off the potential of e-learning, however. There are now several ventures offering totally online based learning, with classrooms, teachers and easily accessed resources and syllabus. Plus, there is plentiful parental control technology to restrict access.
Bullying is a hugely traumatic experience and only careful management can help to mitigate the effects of having undergone poor treatment at school. There are plenty of alternatives ways to educate your child that will benefit them in the long run.
Written By Jackie Edwards
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