Home education in capital increased by 582% over the last decade

Would you chose, or indeed have the time, to educate your children at home? It appears that an increasing number of households in the capital are opting for this educational approach.

A study has discovered that the growth in home education across London show a massive 582% increase in the amount of children learning from the comfort of their own home.

The data was obtained through a Freedom of Information Act, by Oxford Home Schooling, part of Oxford Open Learning Trust.

Back in 2006 the number of children learning in their own household was 559 now it is 3,815.

Dr Nick Smith, Principal at Oxford Home Schooling, said: “The growth of home education in London reflects London’s changing diversity and needs. One school structure doesn’t fit all and online home education providers like Oxford Home Schooling enable people to access alternatives much more easily.”

Newham has seen the biggest increase in children being home educated over the last ten years (686%), followed by Hackney, which has had a 323% increase, and Ealing with a 304% increase.

Top 5 Boroughs which have seen biggest increase in home education over the last 10 years:

  • Newham (686% increase)
  • Hackney(323% increase)
  • Ealing (304% increase)
  • Brent (214% increase)
  • Lewisham (212% increase)

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