Would you like to be home-schooled?


2nd March 2018

THE parents of a child actor who starred in the West End musical Matilda have been ordered to send their daughter to school by 7 March – or face jail.

Edward Hardy and his wife Eileen Tracy home-school 12-year-old Lilian Hardy, who played Matilda last year. Their local authority, Westminster Council, says she must attend school because the parents have refused to meet with a home education adviser to check on Lilian’s progress. Instead, they gave the council examples of Lilian’s work. The council says that isn’t enough.

A council spokesman said they “respect the rights of parents to home educate”. He went on to say that parents have a choice to either meet with the adviser or provide statements by education professionals (such as a teacher) that show the child is learning well. Lilian’s parents have refused to do this.

If Lilian isn’t sent to school by this Thursday, her parents could face a fine. They say they won’t pay it, which could lead to a jail sentence.

Would you like to be home-schooled?


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bobsjam · 4 years ago

No because then I will have no friends do??if u agree

aash1234 · 4 years ago

I wouldn't really like to be home-schooled because it would mean that I won't be able to meet any new people and make many friends.

dork · 4 years ago

First one to comment that is brilliant. I don’t want to be home schooled I would not see my friends as often as I see them now.?

netbalover · 4 years ago

I would HATE 2 be home schooled. I'm a people person!!!!? Doing HOMEWORK alone is hard enough for me! let alone doing ALL my lessons alone. Cooped up inside. With no one to talk to. No one but me, and my tutor/parent

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tillylove · 4 years ago

I've always been home educated. It's great. You can learn what you want to. I go to loads of groups and have loads of friends.

Esiotrot2 · 4 years ago

I wouldn’t because I would miss out on spending time with my friends.

joabboss · 4 years ago

Me and my brother are home educated, its amazing. We like visiting different places and spending more time with our family and friends. I am building a go kart with my Dad and my brother likes learning Maths.

bob21 · 4 years ago

I've already been home schooled

anjana · 4 years ago

I am kind of the middle. This is because If you go to school you get to explore the world, meet new people and learn new things but that does not mean that you cannot be home schooled. It is the parent's decision to care about the education of their children and might just want to help their children so they can acheive their best in the future. However, home school or no home school children should have the right to have a good education and this is where I strongly stand so honestly I really don't know.

cookies44 · 4 years ago

I wold prefer not to because you would be unable to interact with others whilst learning and, in a school with others you can see at which level you stand at with others.

87trap · 4 years ago

I enjoy being home educated lots more than being in school. I have made lots of friends and go out most days. I have learnt lots of interesting things and go on many trips.

april2008 · 4 years ago

no! i like school the way it is 'cause you get to do real education and get aught the right thing because your parents might teach you how they used to learn back then and you won't be able to catchup on what others are learning

sambrophy · 4 years ago

I don't want to be home-schooled because of you did you wouldn't have any friends, and school is not only place to learn, but also it is a place to socialize.

pheebz10 · 4 years ago

i would like 2 because your parents know u a bit better and they know how u react when you are snuggling with something and some teachers do not know

unicorngrl · 4 years ago

NO.I would not like to be home schooled because it would not give me a chance to make friends at school and i would not know what my proper ability of work was because I wouldn't know how fast other children work

Fablehaven · 4 years ago

Although I would no doubt learn more because I 'll only be learning what I specifically need to learn, I wouldn't be interacting with new people very much; learning to stand people who I don't like; becoming more independent and gaining more streetwise knowledge. Also, the teachers at school have specifically trained for teaching and would be better than an untrained parent. Pupil-teacher relationships would be informal at home, with perhaps a lack of discipline and any problems from home-school could continue into your home life. Finally, when you're being home-schooled, how much exercise do you get? You're not walking to school or even the bus stop and would your parents have the knowledge to give good PE lessons safely and without injuring anybody? How healthy a life would you live?

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cubemaster · 4 years ago

I wouldn't like to be homeschooled because there would be no other people there that you could make friends with, have lessons with etc. Social skills are an important part of life and if you go into university or get a job you won't be able to make any friends.

daisy101 · 4 years ago

No I would not because you would not have teachers who specialised in one particular subject so you won't get the most out of the subject.

claudine · 4 years ago

I voted no because I like seeing my friends at school and being taught by professionals.

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zeushades8 · 4 years ago

I voted yes because I love my family & want to spend more time with them. Plus, normal school is too easy.

queenloopy · 4 years ago

When you're home schooled you can't make friends. You can't enjoy the fun of school environment.

cooledie · 4 years ago

I wouldn't like to be home schooled because it really isn't that social, and you don't get to meet that many new people or make new friends.

constieb · 4 years ago

Of course no going outside every morning

sparks357 · 4 years ago

No because you wouldn't get to make new friends

RockyTabbs · 4 years ago


RockyTabbs · 4 years ago

If you were home schooled then would you be able to make many friends? If you were home schooled then would you be able to know about things like Fidget spinners? Well, they are both kind of possible but it would be harder. Besides, the government pays for schools. So I don't see why (at time of posting) it is 168 - 90 to home schooling. Honestly, I don't.

joohyun56 · 4 years ago

I would not like to be home-schooled because it would be more difficult to socialize with people and you might not have as much fun as people who go to school.
On the other hand you might have more education because if it snows a lot many schools close down but you can stay at home and still learn.
Overall I would not like to be home-schooled. (I like the way that I go to school).

sethini · 4 years ago

I think yes because then you can be coached depending on your ability and not relearn things when you could be learning somthing new.

emperor · 4 years ago

No because I wouldn’t be able to talk to my friends, which is best bit about school.

unicorn3 · 4 years ago

No, because you don't have the same opportunities. You won't meet any friends and also, unless your parents are teachers, then it won't be taught properly.

lb07myk · 4 years ago

At school you get a chance to meet new people and you have to learn to share and use the skills you will need in your later life.

aash1234 · 4 years ago

Home-schooling sounds quite cool actually!

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orangebob9 · 4 years ago

I said no because you wouldn't have any friends and you couldn't work with a partner who is your age and at the same level as you>

woof04 · 4 years ago

I am already home-schooled. It has a lot of benefits - for example, I get more free-time and it means being able to go on holiday at any time of the year, but I don't get to do PE, Drama or Art, which always sounds like a fun thing to do. I also don't get to see my friends as often.

cmi_hall1 · 4 years ago

No because I wouldn't make any friendships and do school trips
and things like that.

dude28899 · 4 years ago

Yes, because it would be fun but then I wouldn't have any school friends. :)

sophette · 4 years ago

Not really. You would never see your friends,or make any for that matter, and it would be... boring I guess!! The only time I would want to do it is during a subject that isn’t too important and that I hate and that is boring in my opinion. I wouldn’t like to do it all the time though... ?

sophette · 4 years ago

Put this ? emoji at the end of your comment if you agree with me!!

macaroon8 · 4 years ago

No, because weekends would become boring!!!! I also believe it wouldn't be as hard because you maybe in your bed doing a test which wouldn`t be fair on any one else- for example your parents would have to maybe give up their job for you.

oceancraze · 4 years ago

My school covers everything I need to know to help me with a better chance of getting the future I want. I think
that if I would be home schooled I might not achieve that well. Also an important part of school is friends, I think I
might not have as many friends as I have now if I did not go to school.

oceancraze · 4 years ago

My school covers everything I need to know to help me with a better chance of getting the future I want. I think
that if I would be home schooled I might not achieve that well. Also an important part of school is friends, I think I
might not have as many friends as I have now if I did not go to school.

popcorn987 · 4 years ago

i'm not sure... it would be fun because you could have more freedom with the work and it could could be kind of twisted to your abilities. On the flip side, you wouldn't learn to socialise and won't make as many friends.

popcorn100 · 4 years ago

I wouldn't get a chance to socialise and would not be offered a wide range of clubs/activities/exclusive lessons. I also wouldn't be able to meet new people and teachers, creating friendships.

grangerfan · 4 years ago

No because I would get bored eventually and I would miss having different people to play with and talk to. I also would work better at school as I have a different environment.

elise2006 · 4 years ago

I am not to sure because if I was home school then I might have more opportunities but I also may no.

oceangirl · 4 years ago

NO i wouldnt. I know most of you do, but youd meet new friends and in my opinion have more fun

oceangirl · 4 years ago

well said, cml_hall1

oceangirl · 4 years ago


avawatt · 4 years ago

we wont make any freinds and we wont be exited about a school event or make a secret club meet new people and stuff like that

indy309 · 4 years ago


koalalover · 4 years ago

I think no because it would be harder to make friends and you won't learn how to work as a team which could lead to not being very good at everyday social skills, like making new friends.

hamster7 · 4 years ago

I think a bit off both I suppose every child would like to be home schooled but you would miss things like P.E and break time when you play with your friends.

kawaiicat · 4 years ago

I think no because I won't be able to see my friends or go on fun trips as a class!

wren · 4 years ago

I am already homeschooled. It gives me so much more freedom to learn the things that are relevant to my life and my future. I am not being forced through a system that academically and socially dictates to me what that future will be.

Homeschooling doesn't work for everyone, but it is an amazing opportunity for others. A lot of people think all home-educated kids are socially awkward and isolated, but the truth is that we often have much better people skills than regular-schoolers since we constantly mix with people of all ages and there's much less bullying and social pressure within the homeschooling community.

We're also not all behind learning-wise. A lot of young people are taken out of the school system because it forces all kids to learn in exactly the same way and some kids are super smart, just not programmed to learn in am academic way.

We also have a much brighter potential for the future. Life isn't all about GCSE results and getting a good job. True, that's important, but what about life skills? Compassion and hospitality? Experience of other cultures? This is what will make a difference in out crazy world, people with unique and kind personalities, not people programmed to earn the maximum amount of money.

smudge55 · 4 years ago

I am home educated and I love it! It means you are really flexible. I get to see friends who live far away and close by more often. There are loads of amazing clubs such as Sports, drama, sewing, horse-riding (That's my favorite!) football, tennis, science, art, etc. You make loads of friends. Also, you can get one to one help with subjects you struggle with, and learn in a way that suits you. And we can drive to see my Grandparents and Great grandma almost every week. And I get to spend LOTS more time with my bunny! :-)

reader9000 · 4 years ago

NO/YES I can't make up my mind as if I was I would not learn social skills but at home it is a more relaxed learning enviroment

fluffy14 · 4 years ago

I voted no because you wouldn't make as many friends as you would at school so I prefer going to school than I would to be home schooled

tiger6 · 4 years ago

I think no because you don't get as many friends - all my best friends came from school, plus teachers are more used to teaching. Also, it's good to learn to work well with other children

fwsa · 4 years ago

No, I would not like to be Homeschooled, as it would be a LOT harder to see my friends and I wouldn’t have as much equipment as the school does ☹️ And I’d be with my annoying little brother all day ? and it is very important to stay in society, and being wrapped up away from it only makes that more difficult.

binbag27 · 4 years ago

I really don't see the point, more money, less time for parents. I object!!!

lavender08 · 4 years ago

Why would I want to?! :)
I wouldn't have any friends I see every day and it would be extremely boring because you can't do PE and group activities

dachshund7 · 4 years ago

I would hate to be home-schooled! you would not meet friends and I would find it extremely lonely! I think it should not be allowed for children to be home-schooled as they will not grow up with the social skills they need to meet other people and mix with them in the future if they go to university or college. I find it unfair on the children so I vote no!

dachshund7 · 4 years ago

you will fall behind on learning and it would feel very strange to be taught by your parents! its unfair on children and you are isolating your children from the outside world and making it hard for children in the future i totally disagree and think it is a preposterous idea!!!

ruthlesley · 4 years ago

Home education sounds much better than being stuck in school. I could make some proper friends in the groups who I choose myself, and there would be much less stupid bullying. I could learn loads of interesting stuff and go anywhere to find things out and have fun. And we could be outside lots and play more, so be happier and more free to be ourselves.

serenity · 4 years ago

Home-schooling is a much better choice than school! I can’t beleive how many people replying on here seem to actually think that if they were home educated they wouldn’t see friends or go on trips and that they would be taught by their parents! These people don’t know what home education is! Home education is not school at home. You don’t sit at the kitchen table doing work sheets! You go out and learn at meet ups, groups, trips out. You spend every day with tons of friends. Your parents don’t stand at a white board lecturing you! You don’t do worksheets or text books. Home educated children learn in the real world! They don’t think life is about being ordered around by an adult and only working with people that were born within 12 months of you! ?. I feel sorry for school children who have such a small range of friends and are forced to learn subjects in a classroom and at a pace dictated by a government official who probably went to school at the same time as my grandparents!

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starblaze3 · 4 years ago

Yes but I will not get to play with friends much??:-) :-(

starblaze3 · 4 years ago

acting no

kiki36 · 4 years ago

Not being home-schooled make you more responsible and makes you be used to following ruled.

ep-22579 · 4 years ago

I wouldn't like to be home -schooled because then you wouldn't make any new friends.

familygama · 4 years ago

I would not like to be home-schooled because you can get a better education in a proper school

guest_8133 · 4 years ago

? ? I thought that too Bobsjam
I thought about friends then saw Bobsjam’s comment’’’

gamer07 · 4 years ago

YA! Being home schooled means that you could videogame at break.

izzy28 · 4 years ago

ya i agree as u will have no friends and will be stuck in the house every day

izzy28 · 4 years ago

i also disagree as then you might learn better as ur with someone u know however i voted no

eh-78957 · 4 years ago

I like school because you get to meet new friends and not feel lonely

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radishes10 · 4 years ago

I think being home schooled, although it may be better for some people, would make it quite hard to meet new people and meet friends, and you might be less prepared for when it comes to things like university and other life skills ????

kgrewal · 4 years ago

You miss out on school trips and a chance to make friends.

ozlover · 4 years ago

I know you will have no friends but if you get home schooled you don't have to wake up extra early and you don't have to get dressed in the same uniform.

bigfatcat · 4 years ago

I would HATE to be homeschooled because you would never make friends and your social life and skills would go down. You would be stuck in a house most of the day, what about home school P.E for your health? Sometimes it’s good to getaway from your house and be somewhere else with your friends.

firefox24 · 4 years ago

I would feel more confident with my parents and siblings, anyway I can make friends outside of school!

xrony_s · 4 years ago

I am Home-Schooled. I looked up Home-schooled status in learning compared to public school status. The home-schooled status was just a bit better. this is because you get to learn what you need and you don’t have to take part in subjects which you don't need for your future. it does get a bit lonely though and some home-schooled people i know end their studies at lunch and their a bit behind on work. I sometimes wish I went to school but at other times I feel good to be home-schooled.

pinkmonkey · 4 years ago

I am home-educated. I think the people saying that they wouldn't like to be home-educated don't know enough about it. I get to do lots of activities which I enjoy and see my friends or socialise. When I was at school, it was much harder to learn because it was loud and busy. Now that I am home-educated I can choose what I would like to learn and do it in peace and quiet or go to busy activities and groups as well.

superspy11 · 4 years ago

I wouldn't like to be home-schooled because I would miss out on so many exciting things (like having a girlfriend!)

Esiotrot2 · 4 years ago


RoseBun · 4 years ago

u could always do learning at your pace

rachel360 · 4 years ago

I love ? school and I won’t have BFFs and my two BFFs are really kind. If i were homeschooled I wouldn’t have met them ?

rachel360 · 4 years ago

? I agree netbalover

mollyboo8 · 4 years ago

I voted yes because then you can chill out with your mummy and learn at the same time.Now doesn't that sound INCREDIBLE?

theminion · 4 years ago

The good things about going to school is the fact that you can socialise with people and learn from the professionals.
You will have much better social skills if you aren't home-schooled and that is a great talent to have.
I say no to being home-schooled

fabisgirl · 4 years ago

no because the problem is that you will never learn one thing which you do learn at school which is how to communicate with friends .

sjaome · 4 years ago


rem2007 · 4 years ago

No because if I didn't I wouldn't have many friends .?

hobbes123 · 4 years ago

I think it would great to wake up late & have a lie in!!! But then I wouldn't make as many friends!!!

mia-18 · 4 years ago

i like being homeschooled i go to a tuition centre and we all have fun do creative things and work my teacher always like us to have a break so she organises many trips we are going to peak district soon

mia-18 · 4 years ago

i also have made loads of new friends and have actually learnt more than in school

unidist · 4 years ago

no way! how can u people say yes?!

unidist · 4 years ago

i mean jail sentence, like HELLO?! wake up dreamers!

mia-18 · 4 years ago

people say that when you are home-schooled you dont socialice and dont do pe drama and art well i am home schooled and i actually do the saame amount of socialicing that you would do in school and maybe even more i go and see my old friends i get to join into more clubs and i have made a lot of new friends and as for pe i go netball,karate and gymnastics so pe is fine for me and when you are home schooled you get to choose what sports you want to do so i chose my favourite sports. You can also join in to drama classes and art classes or you can just use rescources that are online. Home schooling is actually fun.

tintin13 · 3 years ago

I wouldn't like to be home -schooled because I wouldn't make any friends and its boring being in the house after a while.

gracoo · 3 years ago

What is the difference!!!???????

hobbes123 · 3 years ago

I agree with you netbalover?????????????????????

Jonty · 3 years ago

I would not like to be home schooled because I really enjoy being at school with all of my friends.

mrmilo · 3 years ago

I don't know because I would like to be home schooled but then I wouldn't make any friends.

fresh · 3 years ago

NO because school can help children socalise.It also improves children's confidence with socialising.It makes children more happier.

marz.smile · 3 years ago

No because you can’t meet new people, however you can still make friends so I think it’s 50/50 but to be honest I would rather not be home schooled. Everyone has different opinions so it’s their choice ?

shreddeddo · 3 years ago

i agree with bobsjam because you would not know anyone

emperor · 3 years ago

Then I couldnt have friends or socialize and That would be so dull

bubble33 · 3 years ago

No, no, no and no!!!

holholster · 3 years ago

I would not like to be home schooled, because I wouldn't have as many friends, due to the fact that I have met most of my friends through being at school with them. In addition, my mum/dad would probably get stressed trying to teach me 5 days a week. Finally, it is not particularly fair on the children that have to attend a public school, as they don't get as much attention as the children that ARE home schooled.

retep · 3 years ago

Yes I like being home-schooled, (I am home-schooled!) And I have plenty of friends. It is really cool, 'school' starts at 9:00 and ends at around 12:00! I love it!

rollersk8t · 3 years ago

I am not sure because it would be nice to learn in the comfort of your own home and there is no chance of any bullying. But if you are not at a public place then you have no chance of making any friends!

rollersk8t · 3 years ago

You will not have any friends and will feel lonely! :-(

amacca · 3 years ago

I voted yes but I want to change because then you wouldn't be able to have fun with your friends.

amacca · 3 years ago


sootysweep · 3 years ago

I wouldn't like to be home schooled because i wouldn't be able to make friends and get the opportunities you get at school like orchestras and music groups.

flossingg · 3 years ago

You lot are talking NONSENSE. I agree with TillyLove, she/he makes a good point. I am homeschooled but have the most friends out of anyone I know. TillyLove, If you are reading this, remember that you are going in the right direction! Reply to me guys and tell me if you agree.

piggy2018 · 3 years ago

If you are homeschooled then you wouldn't have much of a chance to interact and play with other children your age so I think no

flossingg · 3 years ago

piggy2018 thanks for your honesty.

flossingg · 3 years ago

Any more people want to chat?

flossingg · 3 years ago

guys I love you all talk to me

flossingg · 3 years ago

;~> smile

flossingg · 3 years ago

shh flossingg

flossingg · 3 years ago

thx retep

melon_cow7 · 3 years ago

yes because you can stay in your PGs and you can also invite your friends round todo it with you

melon_cow7 · 3 years ago

yes because you can stay in your PGs and you can also invite your friends round to do it with you

flossingg · 3 years ago

Being home schooled means you get more friends, not less.

chocnut · 3 years ago

i am home-schooled

celtic10 · 2 years ago

Will have no friends if you are

katkid10 · 10 months ago

I wouldn't want to be homeschooled, it is HORRIBLE!!!!!!!!!!!! I know because of Covid. 🕍 = 🏠

panda89 · 9 months ago