Home educators: busting the myths

Home educators: busting the myths

When I tell people I’m a home educator, one of two things usually happens. Either the horrified person steps back with an audible gasp, or they ask conspiratorially whether it’s legal and look around as if expecting Michael Gove to jump out ready to drag me off to prison. The latter doesn’t bother me. In […]

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Notes from the Auvergne: women, work and parenting

Notes from the Auvergne: women, work and parenting

After recently reading Carolyn Lazarus’ article in The Daily Mail, it made me reflect about various things surrounding women, work and parenting. When I got married back in 1998 we both had, what I would call, decent jobs. I didn’t have the same high flying career as Carolyn, but whilst mine was office-based, my husbands’ required frequent […]

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Eton and women

Eton and women

I was told the other day by an acquaintance that Eton is income blind. Her son has been given a place and she was waxing lyrical about how Eton really does offer the financial support needed for “poorer” families to send their children there. Really? I doubt many children from “poorer” families even sit the […]

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Home schooling: getting started

Home schooling: getting started

It is the law that your child should be educated, but it is not the law that your child has to go to school. For one reason or another, you may find that your child isn’t happy at school. This can have a domino effect on the family, and stunt your child from learning. It […]

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Malala’s best friend: shot in the heart

Malala’s best friend: shot in the heart

A short story reflecting on the hidden impact of the shooting of Malala. Malala Yousafzai…everyone knows her name. Everyone knows her story. I’m trying not to think about her, trying not to hear her name. Fingers in my ears. We were best friends. I called her Lala. Fingers in my ears again, but I still […]

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