News and updates for home educators

This is our home educators' news and updates page. We aim to update this page with any relevant news or information that we think you might find helpful. 

The Government has launched the following advice on radicalisation for parents and schools www.educateagainsthate.com. You may also like to look at www.thinkuknow.co.uk which is a guide to internet safety for young people.

Norfolk Children's University for home-educated children

Norfolk Children’s University provides a range of fun learning activities for five to 14-year-olds, outside normal classroom hours. Activities can include visits to tourist attractions such as museums, formal sports coaching activities, participation in clubs and societies such as music, drama, and scouting and guiding groups. Children collect credits for each activity completed and their achievements are celebrated with certificates and at special graduation days. Taking part in Norfolk Children’s University provides home-educated children with extra opportunities to learn and socialise alongside other children, as well as take part in celebration ceremonies within the local community.

Visit Norfolk Children's University for more information and to sign-up.

Libraries

As home educators you can have a ‘home educators’ card from Norfolk Library and Information Service. This entitles you to borrow up to 20 items, including up to 12 junior non-fiction books and two magazines for three weeks (28 days for mobile libraries). Visit your local library or talk to your mobile library driver, to get a ‘home educator’ library card.

See at a glance all kinds of events and promotions at Norfolk libraries.

School Library Service subscription service

Norfolk School Library Service (SLS) are offering a subscription service for home educating families. The charge is £70 per year, and can be started at any time. The service is a box of 24 books and other related resources to support learning and study. It is suitable for children of all abilities up to approximately 11-years-old, and can be swapped once during every term, or three times a year. The resources would cost around £700, so the service represents excellent value for money.

Families can select books and resources or have them selected for them. Boxes can be collected from the SLS base at County Hall, Norwich or delivered to a local library or mobile (and returned that way also). Families can have the box for each child, between all children in the family, or share the box with families they want to co-ordinate with as a 'consortium', but with the understanding that one person is the lead. There is a straightforward agreement to sign which makes it clear there are no charges for damaged books. If books are lost or not returned, there are replacement charges that the lead is responsible for (the cost of the book -20%).

Email: school.library.service@norfolk.gov.uk for more information.

School Library Service INSET courses

SLS INSET courses, for example 'using traditional tales', might be of interest to you.The SLS would also be happy to put on a tailored course for a group of home educators at an affordable rate. You would probably find the SLS newsletters of interest also. 

Email: school.library.service@norfolk.gov.uk to be added to the newsletter circulation list.

Primary Times magazine

Primary Times is a magazine that is issued to primary schools across Norfolk on a half-termly basis. It is full of activities which may be of interest to home-educated families. Free copies are given to selected libraries and tourist information centres across the county. You can also access the magazine for free via an app, Go to the Google Play or Apple App store and search for Primary Times.  Download the app, then go to East Anglia, followed by the Norfolk edition.

Norfolk Museums

Norfolk home educators can have free admission to Norfolk County Council museums on a week day during school term time. One adult can go free per child. To receive free admission the visit should be booked in advance with the relevant site. You should give as much notice as possible. Strangers' Hall, Bridewell Museum and Norwich Castle should be booked by emailing norwichcastle.bookings@norfolk.gov.uk, stating the museum you would like to visit.

Resources vary depending on the site. All museum trails can be downloaded and printed at www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk.

Non-Norfolk home educated children are £2.40 per student and they can have one free adult per child.

Children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

Norfolk SEND Partnership offer information and advice to children, young people and parents/carers about SEND. They are a small central team, with trained volunteers throughout the county. Visit www.norfolksendpartnershipiass.org.uk or sign up for the Norfolk SEND Partnership e-newsletter.

The Regal Movieplex cinema at Cromer is now offering autism-friendly screenings of certain films. Visit the Regal Movieplex website for more information.

Reading Ahead challenge

Reading Ahead (formerly called the Six Book Challenge) is run by the Reading Agency. It is aimed at adults and young people who want to improve their reading or read more. Reading Ahead invites participants to pick six reads (this includes books, magazines, newspapers and websites) and record, rate and review them in a diary in order to get a certificate. For more information visit the Reading Agency website.

The challenge runs nationally, from September to June. Any participants who complete the challenge by the end of June will be entered into the national prize draw. The prizes include a trip to London and e-readers for the runners-up. In Norfolk, participants can take part at any point throughout the year, although packs are allocated on a first come first serve basis. 

Anyone taking part can also use the Reading Agencies website to share their thoughts about what they read, enter competitions and find out more about the programme.

A Reading Ahead pack includes a reading diary, certificate, bookmark, promotional poster and flyer. For more information email: alison.thorne@norfolk.gov.uk.

Summer Reading Challenge

Find out about the fun summer reading challenge at your local library or mobile library. You can also take a look at the website for book reviews, reading suggestions, author interviews and much more at summerreadingchallenge.org.uk

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