Julie shows dedication with home education group work

Julie Barker who has home-schooled children for 10 years, pictured at Fareham Library.    Picture: Allan Hutchings (111210-555)
Julie Barker who has home-schooled children for 10 years, pictured at Fareham Library. Picture: Allan Hutchings (111210-555)
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For working tirelessly with home-educated children, this week’s T-shirt winner is Julie Barker.

Julie, of Petersfield, was nominated by friend Helen Whiteley, who has seen first-hand all that Julie has achieved.

Julie, a 55-year-old mother-of-eight, said: ‘I was very surprised to be nominated, but it’s a pleasant surprise.

‘I first started home education with my daughter Rachel, when I taught her at home. She’s autistic and it was easier for her to be taught at home.

‘She’s now 19 and at college, but since then home education has carried on.’

Julie co-founded FareGos Home Education, which provides home education for around 300 children aged one to 18. A second group also meets at the Titchfield Community Association, focusing on 11 to 16-year-olds taking GCSE examinations and helping youngsters get to college.

‘I enjoy home educating and hope to do it for longer,’ added Julie, a maths and science teacher.

‘At the moment we’re very busy with the run-up to exams. All the children are fantastic.’

Friend Helen said: ‘Julie has worked tirelessly for many years by helping children, who are home educated for various reasons.

‘She’s a retired teacher and dedicates most of her time in helping children with their education, free of charge. She is much-respected by all the children and parents, who she helps.’