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Increase in home education places

The number of children in Gloucestershire who are registered as home educated has risen this year by more than 50%.

The county council says around 300 pupils will be staying at home to be taught by their parents.

Rob Brooks, who has educated three children at home, believes they have benefited more than being at school.

"We don't test them and spend a lot of time talking to them so they develop confidence," Mr Brooks said.

Teressa Mcilroy, who is responsible for home education at the county council, said there are a number of reasons why parents opt for the home education route.

"It could be bullying, racism or children unhappy with their school.

"Or, from a philosophical point of view, parents could think school is not right for us we'd rather do this in a completely different way," Ms Mcilroy added.

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