Home-Education: start and end of reception year assessments involving a national sample
Paper to be presented to the XXVII International Congress of Psychology
Stockholm, Sweden 2000
This research explored UK home-education. From 312 home-educators' questionnaire returns, 35 families, each with a child aged 4, were interviewed at the beginning and end of a ten month period and their children assessed using 'Performance-Indicators in Primary Schools' (PIPS). Baseline data indicated 64% of the children scored over 75%. Nationally, 5.1% scored over 75%. Although the children’s progress over the period was less than their school counterparts, this was offset by their high baseline scores. The children, from mixed socio-economic backgrounds, demonstrated high ability levels and good social skills. Parental attention was plentiful, as was a flexible educational approach.
©P. Rothermel 1999