Home Ed and costly IGCSEs


My children are in their tween years, and there is one thing on my mind – the ridiculously high cost of sitting IGCSEs.

Some, if not most, already know that if a child wants to sit papers at this level, there are two options:

  1. Find an exams centre and privately cover the total fees per examination.
  2. Enrol your child in a college and take advantage of the free access to the examinations.

The problem with option 1 is quite obvious.

The problem with option 2 is twofold:

  • The papers on offer are determined by the college’s focus, so if the latter is not a best-fit, the child either foregoes the unoffered paper or self-finances.
  • Your child may not wish to attend a college.

To see if anything can be done to alter the status quo, I sent a request to my MP – Jo Johnson – last week and received an assurance of a referral to Nick Gibb, the Minister of State for School Standards.HERE is the full text.

I also emailed Councillor Nicholas Bennett JP, the chairman of Bromley Council’s Education Select Committee, as he is chairing a meeting on Home Education (and other related topics) on 15 September 2016. I hope the issue is given some consideration on the day even though I declined an invitation to attend as a witness.

Jo Johnson Response 1

3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sharon
    Aug 12, 2016 @ 08:43:16

    My husband and I totally agree. We recently signed our daughter who has ASD up for iGCSE’s, at a substantial cost, due to withdrawing her from an academy after months systematically grooming and bullying.
    We are not financially affluent so this is a real sacrifice. Only one of our children is home educated, therefore we sympathise with anyone home educating more than one child studying on an iGCSE courses.
    Well done for broaching this with your MP we will with ours too.



    • Phoenix
      Aug 12, 2016 @ 14:53:19

      Thank you for your response, Sharon. So sorry to read of your daughter’s experience. I find it infuriating that some children (especially those taken out of school due to systematic failings) have to pay for what others do for free. Whilst we all, happily or grudgingly, shoulder the costs of tuition, books, workshops and everything else home education entails, IGCSEs should be freely available to ALL children who wish to take papers. Hopefully, other families will get in touch with their MPs as well.



  2. Phoenix
    Aug 11, 2016 @ 15:07:19

    Reblogged this on Doing it our way.



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