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    The Growth of Homeschooling in the UK

    Home Education in the UK has increased by 130% since 2013

    Parents homeschool their children for a variety of reasons and our latest research found that the number doing so has increased significantly in recent years.

    Using Freedom of Information requests, we discovered that the number of students being taught at home increased by 130% between 2013 and 2018, growing from 24,824 to 57,132.

    However, some local authorities saw far larger rises than others, with Barnsley Borough Council reporting a 772% increase – the biggest in the UK.

    Take a look at our data visualisation below to see the growth of home education in the UK since 2013:

    Between 2013 and 2018, the councils in each region which saw the largest increases in home education were:

    Yorkshire and the Humber – Barnsley (+772%)

    Wales – Pembrokeshire (+642%)

    North West – Bury (+523%)

    South East – Slough (+441%)

    Scotland – Edinburgh (+308%)

    London – City of London (+300%)

    North East – Northumberland (+290%)

    East Midlands – Nottinghamshire County Council (+236%)

    East of England – Peterborough (+217%)

    West Midlands – Solihull (+205%)

    South West – Swindon (+183%)


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    Greg is the Head Of Operations at Oxford Home Schooling and has more than 25 years of experience in Distance Learning and Home Education