After the government abandoned plans to fully reopen primary schools before the end of term, most schools, colleges and nurseries across the UK remain closed - except for those where there has been a partial return and for the children of key-workers and vulnerable children.

This has meant parents are having to continue with home-schooling - for many of who it has been a struggle, and for others an opportunity to reassess their child's education.

One former secondary school teacher from Bury, Emma Lashbrook, told ITV News that whilst she thinks school is the best environment for two of her sons who have special education needs, it's not the right learning environment for her nine-year-old daughter.


Emma says her decision is holistic and is focusing on teaching learnings in a practical context.

Another parent, Nicola Singleton, whose husband is a teacher, decided to educate her son from home three years ago after he began to experience health problems whilst at school.

Since taking Zachery out of school, Nicola says her son's health problems have alleviated and his education has improved.


Whilst it is estimated that 60,000 children were home educated in 2019 - the number is expected to be much higher because children who have never been to school are not required to register with their local council.

Carrie Adamson, a researcher at Manchester Metropolitan University, told ITV News that whilst many people still think teaching in a school classroom is compulsory, home education is becoming a more popular choice among families.