News and updates for home educators
This is our new news and updates page. We aim to update this page with any relevant news or information that we think you might find helpful. Please take a look from time to time.
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 and safe surfing for young people.
Children's University for home-educated children
Children’s University provides a range of fun learning activities for 5- 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 www.norfolk.gov.uk/ChildrensUniversity for more information and to sign up.
The Norfolk Library and Information Service have kindly sent SHE their updated information.
As home educators you can have a ‘Home Educators’ card from Norfolk libraries which 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).
Norfolk 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 suitable for children of all abilities up to approximately 11 years old, which 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, with boxes collected from the SLS base at County Hall or delivered to the 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', 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, but if books are lost or not returned there are replacement charges that the lead is responsible for (the cost of the book -20%).
SLS INSET courses could be of interest to a Home Educator, for instance Using Traditional Tales. SLS would also be happy to put on a tailored course for a group of Home Educators at an affordable rate. Any home educator would probably find the SLS newsletters of interest also.
You can see at a glance all kinds of events and promotions on the library service webpages at www.norfolk.gov.uk/libraries.
Visit your local library or talk to your mobile library driver to get a ‘Home Educator’ library card. Email Norfolk School Library Service at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more or be added to the newsletter circulation list.
The Primary Times is a magazine that is issued to primary schools across Norfolk on a half termly basis. It is aimed towards school children, however it is full of activities which may be of interest to home-educated families. Some free copies are given to selected libraries and tourist information centres across the county; however it is possible to access the magazine for free via an app - go to the Google Play store or Apple App store and search for Primary Times. Download the app, then go to East Anglia, followed by the Norfolk edition.
Norfolk home educators can have free admission to Norfolk County Council Museums during school term time, on a week day with one adult free per child. To receive free admission the visit should be booked in advance with the relevant site. Depending on the museum as much notice as possible should be given. Strangers' Hall, Bridewell and Norwich Castle should be booked by emailng email@example.com, stating the museum you would like to visit.
Resources vary depending on the site and all museum trails can be downloaded and printed at www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk
Special educational needs and disabillities (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 their website at www.norfolksendpartnershipiass.org.uk.
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 (formerly called the Six Book Challenge) is run by the Reading Agency and 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. There’s more information on the Reading Agency website.
Nationally the challenge runs from September – June and 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. However 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, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Find out about the fun summer reading challenge at your local library or mobile library and take a look at the all year round website for book reviews, reading suggestions, author interviews and much more at summerreadingchallenge.org.uk