Home Education Matters

Home Education Matters

Join us every week for a new episode supporting you on your home education journey. Whether you are a long time home educator or are totally new to it, we’re here to support you with podcasts on subjects like deregistering and dealing with your local authority, how to sit exams, supporting your child’s unique needs, socialising, subject deep dives and much more.


December 3, 2023 29 mins

Join Jo Moorcroft, dog behaviourist, and I as we discuss the role of manners and etiquette in parenting. Our latest episode as part of our mini series where we see how the worlds of dog behaviourism and progressive parenting meet!


Today we discuss what role manners has to play when home educating your child, whether there is a place for learned etiquette and how our family values might dictate our approach to manners as parents. 

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Our monthly catch up with Ash and Ismael on their home educating journey and today we hear how month 3 is going. We discuss that fine line between 'lessons' and 'learning', how home education impacts on the wider family and the role that the parent's attitude plays in making it a success. 


Look out for next month's catch up which will be out on 1st January 2024. How time flies!

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Today Claire and I deep dive into Physics provision for home educators, with a focus on secondary age learning. We discuss the different exam specs available to home educators, IGCSE vs GCSE, incorporating practicals into your home learning and how to revise for your exams most effectively.


A big thank you to Claire for guiding us through Physics and she'll be in our FB group to answer any subject specific questions you might hav...

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Join Sareeta Pattni and I as we launch into the very first episode of our new series which focuses on parenting issues when home educating. 

Today we talk about the importance of allowing feelings to be expressed, how to help your child feel able to discuss their emotions and how to also express your own emotions in a way that is both helpful and healthy for the family.

Keep an eye out for episode two when we'll discuss the roles o...

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November 12, 2023 23 mins

We celebrate coming to the end of our first year podcasting with a very special episode. Join Diane and I as we talk about her big news, plus there's a special announcement right at the end so stay tuned for that one.

To help us celebrate, perhaps each of you could share your favourite episode of our podcast in a home ed FB group. We know that home ed is all about connection and sharing episodes across platforms is a wonderful way ...

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November 5, 2023 50 mins

For this episode, I am joined by Lianne Abram, the creator of the Which Online School guide. Love them or hate them, online schooling is a lifeline for many home educators and today we explore what to look out for, how to find a good one and what sort of options are open to you. As well as a rather fun debate on the pros and cons of online schooling when home educating. Do leave a comment and tell us what side of the fence you fall...

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We catch up with Ash in her second month as a home educator. Hear about her ups and downs, her experiences writing her report for the Local Authority and the perils of home education socialising!

Do subscribe to our podcast to make sure you're notified of our next episode on Ash's journey or join our FB group to chat with Ash and all our other podcast guests.

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Today I am joined by Matt and Miriam from GrowBadges, an amazing project designed to help your child (and you!) explore some of the more diverse skills we find in our modern world. From journalling to diversity, volunteering to gardening, GrowBadges are shining a light on some of the most important 'soft skills' that are often so important within the home education community.


Do check it out and if you enjoy it, give us a review!...

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Join myself and Jo as we discuss another vital element of home education, the power of play. As part of our mini series looking at the ways dog psychology meets parenting, we talk about the educational value of play, the ways it can be incorporated into your home ed daily life and the wonderful ways it can create harmony and bonding within your family.


It's never too late to incorporate play into your family life, so check it out...

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Today we talk to Rap Yoga creator Veronica Youdell to discover the amazing creative and well-being benefits of combining rap and yoga. It is an amazing way to foster self-confidence, creative skills and holistic movement for you and your home educated child.


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Join Iram and I as we make our way through the English Language IGCSE exam. We discuss the differences between the three main IGCSE options (Edexcel A, Edexcel B and Cambridge English) and then zone in on the Cambridge qualification.

Iram guides us through each paper, what to expect, what the examiner is looking for and her top tips to getting the highest grades for each section of each paper.

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Join Ash and I as we catch up on her first month as a home educator. We discuss the highs and the lows, the challenges of socialising and the gradual relaxing into a slower tempo. 


We will be releasing an episode every month this year charting Ash's journey, so make sure you subscribe or follow the podcast to receive notifications. 

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September 24, 2023 23 mins

Today is the first in our series of short podcasts using the world of dog behaviourism to inform our discussion on parenting. Yes, it's mad but it works!


We're joined by Jo Moorcroft, dog behaviourist, to chat about the role of relationship when parenting. Why does the relationship matter and what can you do to strengthen it as a home educating parent? Hop onto youTube or our FB page and tell us what moments have challenged or st...

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Today I am joined by children's author and educational psychologist Jodie Foster to discuss how to foster and then harness your child's love of writing. 


It's full of great advice for helping your child to put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard!). Whether they're naturally interested in writing or resistant to writing, Jodie has some great tips to get you started in creating a happy, writing environment in your home ed world.

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Today I am joined by the fabulous Lainie Liberti, bestselling author of Seen, Heard and Understood, a book which encourages us all to transform our family life. 


We discuss the idea of partnership parenting and the benefits of meeting your child exactly where they're at and in a way that wholly respects their sovereignty. Lainie answers some of the most common responses and criticisms of this approach, and shares some advice for ...

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Join me for our first episode following the journey of Ash and her son as they embark on home education. Today we discuss deregistering, nervy moments, colour coded planning and even sneak in a quick 'quiz the teacher' round!

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The second in our Sharing our Successes mini series is with the amazing Lauren, who was home educated up to 16 in the UK and then went on to do English and Astrophysics at university. 


The next time you see a post in a FB group asking for 'success stories' from home ed, this might be one to share. And much like our first Successes podcast with Liam, it's clear that home education is the foundation for Lauren's inspirational story...

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I am joined by the wonderful Emma White, home educating parent and founder of Mark My Papers, and we're discussing how to support your child if they choose to apply to a top tier university. We talk about the preparation in advance and the importance of planning your application years in advance, as well as the way to build a firm academic foundation in your home education journey. 


This is a must listen podcast for any home educ...

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For today's podcast I am joined by experts Jen Shaw, David Oates and Harriet Pattison to discuss how best to support your child to learn to read. We cover the main school approaches to learning to read and its limitations, alongside the other reading options open to home educators (and all parents).


From the great Reading War (in the red corner we have phonics, in the blue corner we have whole word learning, in between we have a ...

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Join Diane as she chats with Keeley, AKA The Farming Mother. It's a really inspirational podcast all about home educating through those tough times, and how nature and animals can bring you and your child something truly remarkable. 



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