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article imageParents to home educate due to lack of suitable schools

By J Pallister     Mar 6, 2009 in World
Due to rising birth rates especially in inner cities, there are insufficient good schools for young children, some parents believe, and they are turning to home education to fill in the gaps.
As reports:
Parents are increasingly turning to home schooling because of their concerns about the provision of primary and secondary education in central London. That issue was raised with me only last week by two constituents, and I hope to raise it in a future Westminster Hall debate. Two concerned mothers, Mrs. Helen White and Mrs. Tina Robbins, both decided to educate their children at home, because they were worried about the quality of education in the state sector, particularly with regard to the restrictive curriculum and the culture of levelling down, rather than encouraging excellence.
This was during a debate on school places within London, during which it became clear that the various Local Authorities have been caught napping with regard to demand for school places, and there is soon to be a shortage.
That doesn't mean necessarily a shortage of school places overall, but certainly some schools are more popular than others, and those less popular are feeling the pinch. The situation is possibly exacerbated due to the credit crunch where people who might have considered private education are staying within the state system - an increasing number of independent schools have closed down in recent times, according to the Independent.
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