FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Who can attend?
Any young person from the ages of 9 – 16 can attend our centre.
However, it can take a while for young people to transition to coaching-led learning after Y9, so we don’t generally recommend that new learners join us in Y10 and Y11. Our GCSE-year learners will generally have been with Blue Squid for several years.
We are an inclusive space and try our very best to accommodate individual needs. However, we are unable to accept learners with an Education, Health & Care Plan (EHCP).
How do I know if this is right for my child?
Only you and your child can make that decision.
If your child has become overwhelmed or frustrated with traditional schooling, you might find that removing them and putting them in charge of their own learning may be just what they need.
If your child is already home educated, you might want a little more structure around some academic learning.
Our part-time mornings-only structure leaves you free to continue the rest of your educational journey in the afternoons.
If you’d like to chat about whether this might be right for your child, simply send us your information using the form at the bottom of the page and we’ll give you a call!
Are young people grouped by age?
No. All Blue Squid learners share the same spaces and are free to work alone or with whichever other learners they wish.
However, as learners start to work towards public examinations (GCSEs) learners may be be given more opportunity to work in small groups with other learners at the same stage.
Do you follow the National Curriculum?
No, we don’t follow the National Curriculum. Coaches talk to learners about their futures and whether they feel they want to be mindful of these expectations, especially if they want to work towards public examinations in the future.
It is up to each invidual learner to decide how to best use their time at the centre. They will meet regularly with their coach to discuss their options and plan their learning.
Do learners have to study English and maths?
Through regular coaching, learners are encouraged and motivated to continue their core learning in reading, writing and maths.
Learners are able to track their progress in reading and maths using a variety of computer-based programs, building motivation to achieve.
Do learners have to take national tests?
Blue Squid is not a school. Learners are not required to sit any national curriculum assessments, including Y6 SATs.
We support our learners to work towards and sit GCSEs, if they wish.
Do learners wear a uniform?
No. Blue Squid learners can wear whatever they’re comfortable wearing.
The only rules we have are that clothing is safe and respectful.
Where are you located?
How do I register?
If you already home educate your child, you can simply register with us directly.
If your child is currently registered with a school, you’ll need to de-register your child and choose elective home education. We’ll provide you with information and template letters to do this.
When are you open?
Blue Squid is open Monday to Friday from 9:30am – 12:30pm.
Our mornings-only structure leaves you free to continue the rest of your educational journey in the afternoons.
Three terms run for 36 weeks across the year. This is usually split evenly (12 weeks per term, 6 weeks per half-term) but can be affected by the timing of Easter.
What's the cost?
The cost is £500 per month, including VAT.
Charges are only made September to July.
Whether you've got some questions or you're ready to get signed up, use the form below and we'll get back to you.