Most socialising at state schools can be negative anyway. Homeschooling provides unlimited opportunities for real socialising and learning together, not only with one’s age mates, but with people of many different ages, abilities and backgrounds. Contrary to popular myth, children do not need large groups of peers to be socially content.

One or two very close friends and a wide circle of friendly acquaintances can provide much more meaningful socialisation and learning. International research consistently shows that homeschooled children are socially more mature, have greater leadership skills and display fewer behaviour problems than their counterparts who have been educated in schools.