I’d recommend checking with your child about what they want to do, and if it suits, take them out of school, get a good internet connection, check out your local community resources and home educate.

Classrooms are very poor places in which to learn and don’t be fooled: no amount of apparently tempting, yet nonetheless adult-imposed projects will reliably engage pupils. Just because a class is about circus skills rather than trigonometry, it doesn’t mean that they aren’t just as likely to turn pupils off.

An essential feature of successful learning, and this from a young age, is to allow a child to be in charge of their learning. For example, my 6 year old is highly athletic and motivated to perform gymnastic feats. I offer her gym, dance, trampolining and circus skills classes, all of which look great fun. She chooses art,riding and maths classes in preference. I would not have predicted this and yet she is highly motivated to become accomplished in these skills, all the while developing her gymnastic and trampoling skills on her own.

Yep, learning happens far more efficiently when the learner is motivated and in control, can access the exact information he needs, can pace the receipt of information as he requires, can mull it over, revise, day-dream, jump around and tap into quiet, creative spaces when he needs to. Classrooms are just so inefficient as a way to manage this, and with the information age upon us, and with so many communities offering or just itching to offer such a range of opportunities, it is time that more and more children broke free of them.