Why point the finger at home-educators?

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By Dr Bernard Trafford, head of the Royal grammar school, Newcastle upon Tyne, and chairman of the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference.

Roland Meighan has written a reply to this article.

Home-educators deserve better treatment. I know, because I've been one. Between 1991 and 1996, when I was a newly appointed secondary school head, my wife taught our two daughters at home. Those five years were some of the happiest we have known, full of the joy of discovery and learning. The girls went back into the system for the secondary phase (their choice) and are now happy, self-confident, well-qualified young adults with jobs.

It worked for us, but we were regarded as odd. Some friends and colleagues were profoundly uncomfortable with our decision. People are wary of difference, but parents often turn to home-education precisely because their children are different and are bullied in school as a result. Others do it on principle or, as we did, because they reckon they can offer something better. For us, the issue was the national curriculum, which we felt had blitzed primary education.