What Is It?
Flexi schooling is a unique, and we believe, a very special programme allowing parents to be more actively involved and support in their children’s education. Our Flexi-school Programme is designed to allow children to attend school full-time, while supporting their education in the home environment under the guidance of both their teacher and parent/carer. Children are required to attend school Tuesday-Thursday, but can be educated in their home environment Mondays and/or Fridays.
How Does It Work?
Parents and school sign a Flexi-school Contract (subject to the agreement of the Head teacher) that allows children to be educated off-site 1-2 days/wk. This approach has been trialled successfully in other rural schools in England and can be particularly advantageous for children who are:
– just starting school and building up their tolerance of a school environment;
– have a long way to travel to attend school;
– have previously been home-schooled and are looking to re-integrate into mainstream education
– being supported by parents who want to be more actively involved in their child’s education.
Flexi schooling is available throughout the school, although the requirements of the programme are altered slightly depending on the educational stage of the child. Generally this arrangement is used more frequently in KS1. Staff and governors carefully monitor the progress of flexi-schooled children to ensure that they make good or outstanding progress and agreements can be withdrawn, at the discretion of the head-teacher following discussion with parents, if this is not the case. However, we have been delighted that our flexi schooling cohort have thrived and we already have evidence that this has been an effective way of helping home educated children back into full time education. We also have evidence that flexi schooling children, who are well supported in the home environment, can make excellent progress. Our flexi school children are full members of the school community, enjoying and maintaining excellent social relationships with their peers. We are very proud of our programme and are glad to share some of the positive reviews of our flexi families.
“My child and I have both enjoyed our…flexi school time…and I feel our time together is very precious.” Parent of a Year 4 child
“Flexi-schooling …has helped …my children integrate into school much better and they have good confidence in their learning abilities. As a result they seem to have done brilliantly and love school.” Parent of children in Year 1 and 3
“I really appreciate the opportunity to flexi-school and it has been very positive for our family. I think…my children…have really benefited from the focused one on one attention they have received. I can see progress in their work at home and this is also reflected at school.” Parent of child in Year 4
“I have had the opportunity to follow more fully the work…my child…is being taught in class.” Parent of a child in Year 1
“The flexi-school programme at Michaelchurch has worked extremely well for my two kids the past three years. It has enabled them to both ease into full-time schooling at the young age of 5 yrs, and since we have all enjoyed the experience of working together on a Monday. I find it helpful to continue to know what my children are learning and help in areas of need, which means I need to work closely with both of their teachers. The children seem to have benefitted greatly, and the best outcome is that they both have always loved going to school!” Parent of Yr 1 and Yr3 children
See our Flexi-school Policy here:
Flexi-school Policy JULY 2020
We have set up a link with Hollinsclough Church of England Academy; the first school to introduce and implement Flexi-schooling – they too are a small rural primary school. Hollinsclough were keen to offer an alternative, flexible style of education, allowing parents to be more involved: “We firmly believe and fully support a parent’s right to choose to home-educate their child or children.”
Have a look at their website, there are some very interesting links and lots more information as well as more details of their history and how Flexi-schooling came into existence: