Research from University of Birmingham highlights how concerns about home educators are often based on their class or ethnicity. Muslim home educators are one group whose choice to home educate is viewed through a negative lens.
Ofsted have expressed concerns that home education could be a cover for radicalisation of young Muslim people. The research however shows that a key reason Muslim parents had chosen home education was to protect their children from bullying experienced in the mainstream.
Professor Bhopal, a Professor of Education and Social Justice at the University of Birmingham and co-author of book Home Schooling and Home Education: Race, Class and Inequality said: “The reality is that all families who choose home education are trying to do what is best for their children.
“What seems to be too easily forgotten is that some can make this decision as a lifestyle choice while others have to make it because they have no other choice at all.”
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