Matt Haig spoke to The Sunday Times about home-schooling his children
It is surprisingly easy to get permission to educate your children at home — although we do keep records, and will one day be inspected — but it wasn’t an easy decision. We had both once mocked the idea, yet began considering it because, in an atmosphere of non-stop testing and rising pupil unhappiness, we didn’t feel confident that school was the best place for our sensitive kids to spend so much of their young lives. And the moment we started, we realised that the cliché of outcast kids in hemp dungarees is wrong. There is no “type” of home-schooled child, as people do it for all kinds of reasons. But doing something unconventional takes courage.