Providing education support for children who struggle to attend school or have complex challenges can be difficult to navigate. However, there are suitable solutions out there that can assist with home education and implementing the right support for children.
EDClass had the privilege of speaking with the head of therapy and business development from Bibic, Chelsey Oxley to discuss why they have recommended the provider to parents who require an effective home education solution. Relating to Bibic’s services, Chelsey said:
“We work with and assess children with special educational needs and put therapy plans in for them. Parents can access our service by referring themselves in and then we use standardised assessments in our centre to assess their abilities, what they’re struggling with and how we can support them. We can then put together a therapy plan. This includes how to improve their speech, language, cognitive skills, concentration, work, memory processing or things like that. We meet children with numerous challenges, such as cerebral palsy, cognitive or learning disabilities, autism, ADHD, behavioural difficulties and everything in between.”
Providing the best support possible for a child can be arranged if their needs are addressed and a strategic plan is formulated. In addition to this, for a child to maintain concentration levels there needs to be a pathway of learning that suits their ability yet can keep them engaged. Chelsey added:
“A lot of children can’t concentrate for long periods, so very short snappy sessions and interactive sessions are where they can thrive.”
Using EDClass in Home Education
Home education, also known as homeschooling or elective home education, is children’s education at home or in various locations other than a traditional school setting. It involves parents or guardians taking on the primary responsibility for their child’s education, rather than sending them to a school full-time. We must note that EDClass does not directly support homeschooling with parents and this should all be organised through the school or local authority if a child is to learn from home.
“It is important that relevant information where children are home educated is shared between local authorities, schools, colleges, and other relevant partners. Parents have a right to educate their children at home providing the education is suitable.”
“We saw EDClass at a conference and created a handout for parents explaining what they do. We have a lot of home-ed children and we also have a lot of children who are not currently attending school for whatever reason. A lot of the families we refer EDClass to are from home-ed communities and children who aren’t currently attending school. This could be whether they have been permanently excluded and they’re waiting in a placement or through emotional-based school avoidance.”
It’s important that when home educating you are providing the best support possible for the child. Addressing their specific needs and building their confidence should be fundamental and can be crucial in their academic and well-being development. Also, being able to bridge any gaps in learning is essential so the work being provided needs to be of high quality showcasing a broad and balanced curriculum. Chelsey stated:
EDClass is quite comprehensive, it covers everything. It offers interactivity and it plugs the gap. It very much plugs that gap for interim schooling and support and it’s something that children can do independently. We’ve had a child who was out of education for months and it takes the councils and schools a long time to work through their processes. Having a service, like EDClass, that plugs those gaps means that they’re not falling behind.
EDClass can work with schools and local authorities to find a suitable solution for children learning from home. If you would like to learn about EDClass and what it can offer call 01909 568338, send an email to email@example.com or enquire for more information here. Chelsey summarised:
“We’ve had good feedback about how interactive the support is from EDClass and the fact children are still getting an education even when they’re not in school. From our perspective, there isn’t much more EDClass can do in terms of giving support – it’s great.”