Post Home-Ed on our minds

As my techy kids approach their almost-teen years (they are 10 and 12), I feel the time has come to start clearing the paths leading to careers they are interested in. They are almost sure of what they want to do which I suppose is half the battle won, so all I need to facilitate is finding the best possible route to the target.

That they are going to university at some point is a given, the issue is how best to fill the time between now and then.

In recent days, we have been toying with the following options:

  1. Continue home educating and then enrol in sixth form for A-Levels.
  2. Home educate all the way to university level.
  3. Home educate till September this year (2017) and then enrol in a local secondary school.
  4. Home educate to age 14 and then start one of the part-time ‘infill’ 14-16 places for home edders in a local college.
  5. Home educate to age 14 and get on the (full-time) national 14-16 college scheme.
  6. Home educate to age 14 and start at one of the new university technical colleges (UTC).

We researched the list, called a few people, called in some favours, called a school, spoke to the LA, sent off numerous email, researched a bit more, slept on it, and finally narrowed the list down to numbers 1, 4 and 6.

No 1 is the default; No 4 is last resort; and No 6 is the top choice.

Today, for the second time this week, the boys read up on UTCs and made up their minds. They were very excited at the idea of institutions dedicated to technical and scientific subjects… the subjects they were (are) passionate about!

As at tonight, my older one has his mind set on the place specialising in Transport Engineering whilst the younger one has his beady eyes on Aviation Engineering. We have a few years to go and a portfolio to build up…here’s hoping nothing changes in the next couple of years. If it does, we’ll return to the list.

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. R
    Jan 26, 2017 @ 16:52:26

    Hello, Phoenix! I have been meaning to write this “thank you” email for some time. So, thank you for all the hard work you are doing in keeping us informed, for all the brilliant ideas and suggestions that I am sure have been of great help to many homeschoolers out there! We,certainly, have been benefited enormously from your updates. Best, R.

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  2. Fiona Nicholson
    Jan 26, 2017 @ 07:43:17

    Eeyore here, UTCs often close because of low numbers, finding it difficult to get schoolkids to make the jump (they are superkeen to recruit home ed in my experience, not unconnected)



    • Phoenix
      Jan 26, 2017 @ 11:50:23

      Thank you for your comment, Fiona. A number of UTCs got in touch recently to help put the word out, and whilst I realise that closure was a risk if numbers were consistently inadequate, I didn’t know it was already happening. What a shame.. UTCs seem like a brilliant concept. [May have to help them promote it.]



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