Ever since I have started telling people that I am going traveling with Nyneave indefinitely, I have been getting lots of the same questions. People are obviously interested to understand how and why I have decided to do this. It’s not something you hear about someone doing every day. But I have been thinking about it for a long time. It has always been my dream to travel the world so I have thought about ideas to make it possible. I follow terms like #worldschooling, #digitalnomads and #travellingtribe on social media and see other families doing it, so to me it’s not that much of a crazy idea. There are actually lots of other families out there who travel with their kids. There are lots of people out there who have digital jobs and travel the world. There are lots of single mums out there running businesses. I just happen to combined all 3 things.
Over the next few weeks I will answer some of the most commonly asked questions. Please feel free to leave a comment if you have any you want me to ask.
What about school?
So I have figured out that people mean one of two things when they ask this. So I will give the answer to both questions.
- How will you provide an education for your daughter whilst traveling?
- Will the school let you?
The answer to 1 is very simple. I will be home educating her. This is different to homeschooling as I will not be schooling her in the traditional sense. She will not be following a set curriculum but instead will be learning from the world around her. Some people call this world schooling. Basically, it means she will travel the world, see different cultures, learn history, language, geography, write about what she sees and read along the way. The only subjects that may not be naturally covered are maths and science so we will probably take some workbooks for this. Lots of families do this from home as well as those that travel. Some great ones to follow on Instagram are @theadventurouslearners @lostandfoundtraveler @worldtowning
I have been doing my research on home educating over the last few weeks and there are tonnes of online support groups, meetups, online resources and courses to support people who are homeschooling and home educating. I think that learning through her interests and experiences is going to be an amazing way to grow and develop. The best thing is we can learn along with her interests in a much more natural way. I hear people say all the time “I can’t remember anything I learned at school”. That may actually be because you were not interested in that subject at that time and so did not engage. Education is not a one size fits all and everyone is individual.
One of the biggest things that has occurred to me since I started looking into it is how the education system is so behind the times and not really teaching the skills we need in the modern world. Ny loves youtube and wants to be a vlogger. She is going to be able to learn so much about that with making our travel volg and I have even found an online course for us to do together.
The legal stuff
The answer to 2 is also pretty simple. Yes. The school will let me take her. Anyone can choose to home educate or home school their children. They are your children and they are not in school because they have to be. They are in school because you have chosen to send them to school. If you want to withdraw them you don’t need any reason, any specific qualifications or anything else to do so. All you need to do is write a letter informing the head teacher of the fact that you are withdrawing your child from the school. You can find the relevant legislation on the gov website. It quite simply says:
“The parent of every child of compulsory school age shall cause him to receive an efficient full-time education suitable— (a)to his age, ability and aptitude, and (b)to any special educational needs he may have, either by regular attendance at school or otherwise.”
The “or otherwise” part is the part that is important. This means that as long as you provide an education it is up to you how you do this.
People seem to get confused about the issue of school time holidays which have been in the news a lot. As we know councils can penalize you for taking your kids on holiday during term time. However, taking your children out of school to home educate them full time is your choice.
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