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Fantastic Fiction

Our community has been invited to take part in an exclusive story-making project by Libraries NI & Fighting words with 20 schools.

Our home educated children are very excited to be given consideration and can’t wait to submit their entries! 

Home educating in a pandemic

Many parents are currently considering home education, for many reasons but not least because of the pandemic.  This is a confusing and difficult time and we are doing all we can to help both new home educators and those who are dealing with having school chidlren at home.

A recent consultation gave rise to new guidance which should be coming into force in September.  Recent events make this a little uncertain, but we believe that it is a useful document for parents even before it comes into force.  Guidance is not law in any case and can only give an indication of intentions and current EA approach, so this document can be useful even while waiting for Ministerial approval.

The best starting point for any new home educator is to read the FAQs here and then join the HEdNI Facebook Group with any questions – the group is open to home educators and those seriously considering home education. For those affected by school closures we recommend this group, which has many experienced home educators in it for support and advice.

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Library Entitlement

We are happy to announce that from January the 6th 2020 home educated children can apply for a home education entitlement card. This new card will allow them to borrow more books than the standard – 15 books for three weeks rather than the usual 9.

We know how welcome this will be to families all over Northern Ireland! 

A note on privacy:

We have discussed concerns that families have over their personal data and any hint of a register with Libraries NI, and we are confident that this is a useful and positive initiative. No register will be kept and no details shared.  However any family who prefers not to take up the offer can of course continue to use the standard library card.