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About Zena

Zena Hodgson
"I'm passionate about empowering families and young people"

As well as home educating our 3 children throughout their “school years”, I have also had the pleasure of helping hundreds of other families with their home educating journey.  Since 2008 I have run a support website for families in the Southwest; www.homeeducationsw.org.uk and have taken an active role in the home education community, running activities at groups & camps and acting as liaison between EHE families and Local Authority.
I have also been proactive nationally:
• Given evidence to Government Committees on the subject of Elective Home Education
• Trustee & support advisor at Home Education Centre 2007 – 2015
• APPG Elective Home Education March 2012: Access to FE for home-educated children from 14-16 years
• Chair of Alternative Education & Home Schoolers’ strand of Reimagining Further Education 2017 Conference: Transformation
• Spoken at a variety of other conferences and learning exchanges focused on Elective Home Education.

I am a qualified Senior Youth Work Practitioner and have designed and delivered a range of projects and workshops for young people both in and outside of mainstream education.  As part of my ongoing professional development I have had training in Youth Mental Health First Aid, Therapeutic Crisis Intervention and Caring for Vulnerable Children.
I believe in life-long learning and continued self-improvement.  I am trained in NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) and am currently studying CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy) and new coaching techniques for the personal benefits this gives me in my life, but also to share these insights with the people I work with.

West End wonders with my self-directed teen

..."What has a flashback to our day in London got to do with our home education?  
It is a reminder of how much fun learning can be, helping our children prepare for their independence in the adult world"... read more
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