Our home ed journey, which stopped abruptly a year or so ago, is about to restart. After all the girls deciding that an exodus to school was in order, they have become increasingly dissatisfied with the breadth of opportunity available to them there. While it suits the older ones well enough and we now have an A Level student, a GCSE student and a gifted all round academic with a knack for languages that I couldn’t easily achieve accommodating at home, there is no doubt that junior school has fallen well short of what our youngest thought it might. In fairness, she was always dubious but thought it was better than being home with me and a baby and while her school is in fact lovely, her headmaster very flexible and her teacher little short of perfect, school is not meeting her needs. And so, in a little while, possibly not before the beginning of senior school looms, she will return to home ed – and her littlest brother will no doubt follow in the family footsteps as well. And that means a whole new journey will open up for us again.
However, our big girls stepped from home ed to school with barely a flutter and even if they are critical thinkers enough to see the limitations and restrictions it places on them, they are all also kids who make the best of a circumstance – and now, their circumstance is school, conventional education and the exam system. They are also children who access significant amounts of extra curricula activities – dance, gym, music, drama, rugby and more – and so the worlds that are opening up at their feet are significant and varied. And to my surprise, despite a home educating life that was very story and humanity heavy, with plenty of craft and play thrown in, my eldest two in particular have become science-y and my 3rd a budding linguist. What they plan to do with them though, is widely varied. My eldest knows that running science A Levels alongside her gym and performance work will allow her a career beyond the immediate West End dreams she has that will place her in her comfort zones – working in sport and dance, alongside kids who want to learn or need help to achieve. My second has 50% of her brain set on acting and directing and 50% set on following her granny into research. (I’d say another 50% is set on being an engineer and another 50% on art, but that would call my maths skill into question).
What their early life has taught them and what school has managed to support, is their understanding that you can’t know what you want to be or where you want to end up at 15. There are a million universes that might unfold at your feet. This video aims to support young people as they make their choices and shape their futures – it is all about keeping options open as much as narrowing them down to goals. It’s about accepting the challenge of continuing with sciences, specifically maths and physics, and exploring the wealth of career opportunities they can bring. It’s upbeat and positive and different and, I think, inspiring.
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