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11/03/2020

Homeschooling and Mental Health

In a recent survey of families home educating their children with Wolsey Hall Oxford we asked about the effect of homeschooling and mental health. Over 85% have reported an improvement in their children’s mental health since they began learning at home.


“Our survey revealed that 176 out of 203 parents with Wolsey Hall had seen an improvement in their child’s mental wellbeing since leaving mainstream school and beginning home education,” explains Lee Wilcock, Principal at Wolsey Hall. “We have seen a worrying increase in the number of our joining students who suffer from anxiety and depression due to school pressures. It can be down to bullying and peer pressure or the relentless testing against targets that children undergo. For those who experience a resulting school-phobia, learning at home in a safe and comfortable environment can be the answer. It isn’t a quick cure but slowly, over time, we see children’s self-esteem and confidence growing.”

 



Here are some comments from parents in the survey:


“They don’t have all the academic pressures of keeping up with everyone else. Their confidence has increased as they can take their time with their subjects.”


“Lessons in school can be disruptive, frustrating and noisy. Learning in peace and quiet is so much better for mental health and learning. Also having the freedom to work to your own schedule is definitely a positive.”


“We are now free of the anxiety of getting into school and having to work to a rigid schedule.”


“He is much more relaxed now, and is really enjoying the learning process.”


“Perhaps it is time to acknowledge that a traditional school environment is not always the right setting for every child,” continues Mr Wilcock. “The problems in mental health among mainstream schoolers suggests that the authorities should reconsider home education as an extension of mainstream schooling rather than an option into which parents are reluctantly forced.”


 

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