Homeschooling and mental health

Many children and young people experience behavioural and emotional challenges at some point, but these can often be overcome with the right help and support.

Children with mental health challenges can often struggle to thrive in a traditional school environment, with factors such as peer pressure, exam pressure and loud, busy classrooms all impacting a child’s mental wellbeing. In many instances, children who suffer with mental health conditions may also start to avoid school or miss classes, leading to them falling behind, having a further negative impact on their self-esteem.

Mental health conditions in children can include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
  • Conduct Disorder (CD)
  • Tourette Syndrome
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

How homeschooling can help

Homeschooling allows children to access education in an environment that they feel socially, emotionally, and physically safe in. And, with the support of an online school like King’s InterHigh there is no compromising the quality of the education and qualifications that they receive.

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“I don’t know where I would be now if it wasn’t for King’s InterHigh giving me the opportunity to finally start learning again. It also gave me the confidence and space that I needed to start recovering from my anxiety disorder.”

Due to low attendance because of her anxiety disorder, Rosalie was told that she’d only be able to sit 4 GCSEs at her traditional school. But, after enrolling with King’s InterHigh, Rosalie successfully sat eight GCSE’s and is now living in London studying biomedicine.
Read more about Rosalie’s story here

Benefits of homeschooling a child with a mental health condition

  • A comfortable, familiar learning environment.
  • There is less public pressure.
  • There is less time-pressure and strict structural rules.
  • They can take a break when they need to.
  • Flexible learning to allow time for therapy and self-care.
  • Encourages autonomy, which helps build confidence and self-esteem.
  • Children can learn at their own pace, without fear of judgement.

Homeschooling with King’s InterHigh

We offer homeschooling support to children and families dealing with all sorts of mental health conditions. Here’s how we empower every student, foster confidence and enable them to flourish and achieve their full potential:

  • Students study at their own pace.
  • All live lessons are recorded for flexible, 24/7 access.
  • They can connect with like-minded students.
  • There’s more time for them to explore their own hobbies and interests.
  • They are empowered try something new, without fear of judgement.
  • There is no classroom disruption or loud classroom environments.

Our results speak for themselves


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