Well Done Rosie!

Hello gals, sorry I havn’t posted for a while but alot has been going on, here in blighty!….I know roll your eyes!….but honestly we have been very busy and I will reveal all shortly….

But I must first let you know about our daughter Rosie…..The flowers are for her actually – gorgeous I know just like her, they have been taken from an old french postcard that I picked up in one of the brocantes that we have visited recently and I am dedicating them to her because, she has recently started college! she is only 14 years old and as you know we do not send her to school! Now a lot of you English lassies will probably not realise that actually school is NOT compulsory! and you can teach them at home, yourself! The government do not advertise this though! If they did I am sure they would loose far more kids to home education and that is what they are afraid off! We have been getting about 5 parents a week here in Kent join our group ‘Education Otherwise’…..which is hardly surprising when you think that you send your child to school for 6 hours a day and all the actual learning time they get is on average 2 hours per day and that is if all the children are behaving!….class disruptions count for so much…..and what with the peer pressure, the bullying and the pressure to fit in – we decided to educate her at home with us – she has been having a whale of a time at home, she could run a business standing on her head and has learnt photoshop – and paste up artistry, we go to museums and have holidays when we want and its great!Rosie & Mum 2006

This year though we felt we were drifting – and after checking out what she would need to get into KIAD a local Fashion and Design college in our area, we realized she was going to need 3 GCSE’s so rather than send her back to school (no way!) we found out through a friend that a college in sidcup was running a pilot scheme for home educated children to study along with the adults. The headmaster of this College is so interested in home schooled children and realized that they were far more advanced and adult like than school educated children, he has made sure they could all study the subjects that they wanted to…..

So she now on a Tuesday is dropped of a 9am and studies English until lunchtime, Art until dinner time and IT until 7.30 in the evening, yes a very full day…they give her plenty of homework to do through the week so she is more focused and of course we help her. It is a very tiring day for her, but these courses only take 6 months so by next May she could have 3 GCSE’s at 14 years old……so you see there are alternatives out there – and the best thing about it is…..she is with us through the week….she socializes plenty – we make sure of that, but she has no peer pressure:)

So as I was saying these flowers are for her…..to wish her GOOD LUCK and WELL DONE, she is taking it all in her stride and I am very proud of her……WELL DONE ROSIE – Luv Mum xxxxxx



  1. "Cottage By The Sea"
    29th May 2011 / 3:09 am

    i think getting Rosie out of the drama of a state school was brilliant on your part. Now she can really shine and it looks like she is. My daughter home schools all of her kids and they are all creative, smart, individuals. You can actually have a great conversation with them which is more than I can say about half the kids I see at the local pizza place. If I had it to do over, I would have home schooled as well. Good for you!

  2. Minnie
    7th October 2007 / 4:15 pm

    Yay!!! I found another home edder. Best thing I ever did for my daughter…home edding. She’s doing really well, like yours. Well done Brittany. I get so annoyed that the public are kept in the dark regarding its legality and of how well the kids really do. Still, the message seems to be getting out more nowadays.Great blog, by the way:O)

  3. margie
    6th October 2007 / 7:18 am

    well done brittany and mum and family for making the enviroment possible for this to happen. there is a big home school programme in australia my sons are grown now but see it as a very possitive way to educate, happy days margie

  4. Happy @/*_*@
    5th October 2007 / 11:21 pm

    Hi kat – nice to hear from you too, you are lucky with your son going to grammar school – its like private education for free – although if I had my time again – I wouldnt of sent my son darryl to school – he, like your son, passed and went to grammar school, he is now in RGS 6th form and doing well – but teachers do always tend to focus on the bad points rather than the good – and i know that if we had him at home he wouldnt have half of the anxieties that he has now!….as to the picture – I have enhanced it in photoshop – its really easy – you just muck around with a few enhancement buttons and VOILA! speak to you again soon – luv hayley x

  5. Kat-in-a-flap.
    5th October 2007 / 9:13 pm

    Hello,I am amazed,I didn’t know this was legal.and your dear daughter is doing so well.My son did his 11+ and is in Grammar school and much of what he learns seems so pointless,he’ll just never use it.I wish Brittany every happiness ,I’ve missed reading your posts too.Who painted the picture ???Hugs Kat xxx

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