Home truths: the rise of home education

The rise of home education is a concern for some - but many parents say they have little choice, writes Dave Speck

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The day Harry rang his mum from school on his mobile to say he hadn’t gone to class but was hiding in the assembly hall underneath some chairs, she knew something was seriously wrong. “I rang the school and they assured me he was in class,” says his mother, Julie. “So I said ‘no, he isn’t, and you’d better go and look for him’.”

The Year 7 pupil, whose autism hadn’t yet been diagnosed, couldn’t cope with the noise of the bells and other pupils. He was also worried about catching germs from chairs, desks and pencils that other pupils had used, among other concerns. Harry eventually refused to ...

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