About us

The Isle of Wight Learning Zone is a support group for families on the Isle of Wight who choose to educate their children other than at school.  We are a member-led group that provides a network of support through regular newsletters, a website and a yahoo forum.  Individual members organise activities for each other.  The emphasis is very much on family sharing and learning. 

We accept members from all walks of life; single parents, unemployed, families juggling work commitments, families whose children may have a disability or behavioural problem.  Anyone can home educate, although it helps to have a sense of humour, a broad mind and the willingness to be flexible.  So, whether you are new to the HE game, or have been doing it for some time; whether you have been on the Island long, or considering moving to the Island because of the fame of our wonderful Home Ed group, the Isle of Wight Learning Zone could be for you!  

If you want to find out any more about us, you'll have to join and come to some of our fabulous events!  But in the meantime, here's a taster of what some of us get up to:


twelfth.jpgEvery couple of years or so somebody decides it's time to put on a production.

Learning Zone plays tend to be full-blown affairs, lights, music, dramatic costumes, and sometimes quite complicated scripts!

Nonetheless the plays involve all ages, from the youngest children to the oldest parents.

The most recent performance was a stage adaption of The Wind in the Willows, staged at East Cowes town hall (picture below) while previous plays have included the Wizard of Oz, The Magical Bookmark and Twelfth Night (pictured right) which was also made into a film.


Trips and camps


P1010911.JPGNumerous residential trips and camps have been organised over the years, including camping at Corfe Scout Camp, Parkhurst Forest, Appuldurcombe and in the New Forest; a residential stay at the superb Centre for Alternative Technology in Wales and a visit to Dresden to film a documentary, investigate a different European country and try out a range of active pursuits from rafting to rock climbing.

We are grateful to various funders who have supported a number of these trips.



We entered the Isle of Wight Music Festival and won our class for 3 consecutive years.

choir.jpgOutdoor Activities

The range of outdoor pursuits engaged in over the years has been huge.  From organised activities like rock-climbing and kayaking to less formalised activities like cycle rides and walking (lots of walking, including a complete circuit of the Island)




Families within The Learning Zone have organised workshops large and small, from hands on science to history, storytelling to felting.  Even building cardboard boats.


And more...

PICT0005.JPGcake.jpgThe list goes on, art exhibitions including a number of slots in the Quay Arts learning curve gallery as well as Ryde library (pictured above) producing radio plays, studying Open University courses in small groups, lobbying government on education rights issues and lots of sitting around drinking tea, eating cake, playing and chilling out.  

You see all the activities, the hubbub and the effort only tell part of the story, because sometimes what we need most is to slow down, enjoy good company, and learn from each other.

So, the Isle of Wight Learning Zone has had a productive and fun few years, and we're sure there's much more excitment ahead.  And lots of cake.