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Home Education - Glossary of homeschooling
Category: Education > Home education
Date & country: 14/12/2007, UK
Words: 21


Autonomous Education
A process of learning which when employed by home educators goes much further than schools using the same term. In short by autonomous education home educators mean that the child leads the education and the parents become the child's facilitator. The child chooses the subject, method and context of any learning that it undertaken. It is believed b…

Compulsory education
This term refers to the ages during which the parents of a child have a legal duty to ensure that their child receives a suitable education more

Deschooling
The process by which a family will acclimatise itself to the culture of home education in particular to find a method of education that suits them. An appeal court case in 1985 known as the 'Perry' case established that families should be given time to acclimatise to home education prior to 'inspection' by an LEA. more

DfES
Department of Education and Skills. The current name of the department that is responsible for government policy on education. This department has undergone a bewildering array of names since the 1980's and will no doubt continue to change as it amalgamates with other departments as government thinking on education continues to change.

Education Otherwise
A phrase used first in the 1944 education act and later in the 1996 education act (section 7) to describe education other than in school. In addition to those children who are electively home educated it includes those who are educated out of school for any reason such as illness or disability etc. This phrase is used by the home education support …

Education Welfare Officer
An officer of the Local Education Authority who is often the person who will contact home educating families to ensure that they are fulfilling their duties in law. They may sometimes have other names like 'educational social workers'. Only rarely are they qualified teachers.

EHELG
Elective Home education Legal Guidelines The title of guidelines on home education produced by a group of home educators in the 1990's more

Elective home education
To chose to educate a child at home as opposed to school particularly during the ages of compulsory education.

EO
see 'Education Otherwise'

Flexi schooling
Where a child is registered at a school but obtains regular leave of absence to complete some of their studies at home more

HE
see 'home education'

HEAS
Home Education Advisory Service a charitable trust that broke away from Education Otherwise in the 1980's to form an alternative support group

HES FES
Home educators Seaside Festival - the UK home educators largest camp held every year in the south of England. more

HV
Home Visits: referring to visits by EWO's from LEA's as part of the process of inspection. Home visits and their legal status are a regular topic for discussion within the home education community. more

Intrinsic Motivation
where a person is acting upon beliefs currently held by that person. The corollary of this is extrinsic motivation where a person acts upon beliefs that are not held by that person. A term coined by Jan fortune wood in her book 'Bound to be Free' to describe coercion and associated inefficiencies inherent in extrinsic motivational teaching as impos…

LA
Local Authority

NC
see national curriculum

Purposive Conversation
A term coined by Professor Roland Meighan a UK educationalist to mean the process of education by conversation. That is that a large part of education undertaken by home educators, particularly autonomous home educators, is conducted by conversation. In practice this can be compared to how any engaged parent will behave towards their children but p…

Socialisation
This can have two related meanings. It can have the technical sociological meaning relating to whether a child's education is such that it enables the child to interact with other people and generally fit into society. The second, more usual meaning in the context of home education relates to issues of peer relationships. more

TCS
Taking Children Seriously an approach to parenting utilising non-coersive parenting and autonomous educational methods. more

Unschooling
A form of education used by some home educating families which uses autonomous educational methods. This methodology rejects the concept of school as being against the interests of the child. It was first used in the US where the term is most popular and was coined by John Holt in his book of the same name. Many home educators in the UK know of the…