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Rise in UK parents opting out of school to home educate
The Walker family turned to home education when they felt mainstream school had failed them. Problems in secondary school had left 12 year old Jay anxious and depressed. He started lashing out in class and was heading for permanent exclusion. "Home educating him was the only, for me the only option. I was really worried about all day, every day, oh my gosh! But once I started connecting with the groups that are available and access, I didn't realise that it just was a whole new world that opened up," says Natalie Walker, Jay's mother. The Walkers are part of a growing movement, home education numbers have increased 78 percent in five years according to a Freedom of Information Request by Sky News to local authorities across the UK.. There are currently 10.2 million pupils in UK schools according to Department for Education and regional government figures.