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Article by Sarah Hamilton-Walker | 4th March 2019

Is A Mainstream School Right For Your Child?

If you feel that mainstream education for your child isn’t quite right for your family, there are alternatives that can be investigated.

For some children, education within the classroom isn’t ideal. Take them outdoors, however, and they have tremendous enthusiasm for learning that can help them achieve both practical knowledge and academic prowess.

There are mainstream schools that have become part of the Forest School initiative, giving pupils at least one session of outdoor learning each week, and even this can boost the reluctant classroom learner.

A limited number of schools have a farm and many of them include gardening and growing as extra-curricular activities, which can take place at lunchtime or after school.
These activities often provide vital opportunities for certain children to expand and grow in confidence.

For those wanting an entirely separate ethos, there are private schools such as Steiner education. These are based on the teachings of Rudolph Steiner and they focus on both physical and spiritual development of their pupils.

The Steiner Waldorf ethos is about the education of the whole child, to encompass intellectual empowerment alongside creativity and emotional development. The Brighton Steiner School and Michael Hall School in Forest Row both encourage development alongside nature and one another.

Home education is another option. You are allowed to teach your child at home and should ensure that a full-time education is provided from the age of five. You do not need to follow the national curriculum but should inform the school, and possibly the local authority, of your decision to withdraw a child from the mainstream register.

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