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“Niamh, aged six and a half, is in our garden at home, looking inside our chickens' nesting box for eggs. Afterwards, she goes in to read her picture encyclopaedia, occasionally pausing to tell me something new or to ask a question. It's a Thursday in term time, but she's not at school. Nor does she attend on Tuesday or Friday afternoons, although she's a registered school pupil. Niamh isn't truanting – she's flexi-schooling. Education shared between home and school is a legal option for any schoolchild, if the head teacher agrees.”


“Is a 10-year sentence of six-hour school days really the best way to encourage a child to love learning? Advocates of `flexi-schooling' say part-time education is faster, cheaper, and more effective in combating truancy. Elizabeth Hartley-Brewer considers what some educationists say is the inevitable way forward…..

The push is coming from several directions, blurring the traditional left-right divide. Part-time schooling is judged by advocates to be an inevitable next step given advances in information technology, pressures on central and local public spending, future manpower needs and the questionable success of the present system.”




“An increasing number of parents are requesting a more flexible use of schools, and head teachers have the authority to agree flexi-schooling to accommodate their wishes. In a flexi-schooling arrangement children are registered as pupils at the school and attend part-time, but spend other parts of the week being educated off site by their parents. This arrangement is a matter for the head teacher, rather than the local authority, to negotiate with parents.” http://www.education-otherwise.org/Legal/SummLawEng&Wls.htm#flexi