Today’s modern educational system is far different than the one we or our parents experienced when we were children. For us, school meant a strict schedule, a curriculum which could not be changed and the enduring monotony of waiting for the entire class to ‘catch up’ before moving on to the next topic. Today’s primary school children enjoy flexibility that we could never have imagined and it is that flexibility that is creating much more intelligent, well-rounded students.
One trend that offers students more flexibility both in and out of the classroom is called flexi-schooling, or flexible school attendance. Flexi-schooling enables children to attend class on a part time basis. This gives them the ability to forge stronger familial bonds, to learn about subjects that they are interested in and to expand their minds and learning capabilities outside of the classroom.
Is Flexi-Schooling Legal?
While flexi-schooling might sound so innovatively different that it might not be legal, it is. There are some specific requirements, however, for a student to choose a flexi-schooling option. For starters, the headteacher at the school must agree to it and that is based on a number of important factors including:
- If the student has met the school’s attendance requirement.
- Whether the flexi-schoolers will affect the school’s absentee record, as this could affect funding for the school.
- Students must follow the National Curriculum when they are in school.
- The parents must prove that the flexi-schooling arrangement at home is suitable to the child’s needs.
How Does Flexi-Schooling Work
Flexi-schooling at Cambridge Home School is very different than a flexi-school program at a traditional primary school. Typically, a parent must have a written proposal to flexi-school their child and it should outline the days the child will be schooled at home, and the days he or she will formally attend school. The proposal might also include provisions for times that flexi-school hours fall during important school events, unexplained absences, and dispute resolution.
Advantages Of Flexi-Schooling
There are many advantages to flexi-schooling which affect both parent and student. Some of the advantages of the flexi-school scheme include:
- Parents can spend more time with their children.
- Children can learn more in-depth information than they will receive in school.
- Less mature children will be able to better adjust to school.
- Enables home-schooled children the option of returning to school full-time when they are ready. Some home-schooled students find it difficult to transition to full-time school which makes flexi-schooling the perfect solution.
Contact Cambridge Home School
To learn more reasons why your child can benefit from flexi-schooling and how an independent online secondary school can provide your child with a much better education, contact Cambridge Home School today.
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