I can't understand why a school would be so against flexi-schooling - feeling threatened, lack of confidence?
I am fortunate that my children's school is pretty open and holistic and has had no qualms about my request, even though I made it clear we wouldn't be doing academic work.
I recently started flexi schooling dc4, who stays home on Fridays. I really can't see a mass rush of parents wanting their children at home all day with them, though! It is a big commitment, and something I thought about for a long time before asking.
We don't actually do academics. He is only 4 and quite worn out by Friday. Last week he spent time cleaning out the car,
and 4 hours playing carefully with a new (toy) drill set, and I noticed a sudden improvement in his writing the next day.
This week he went swimming, enjoyed hearing his echo in the pool hall, learned and retold the story of Narcissus and Echo, and then went to the library and enjoyed the books. I had to leave him with a babysitter later on as I went to an appointment, and she said that he rearranged the cutlery drawer and then read some of the books happily to himself (from his imagination!).
Flexi schoolers are marked as being in attendance but educated off-site. Their attendance figures are therefore not affected by their days off. In fact, before flexi schooling my son was sick more often (I was worried that it was, in part, linked to over-tiredness) and was therefore taking more days off. I also try and arrange my son's appointments (he sees numerous consultants for various things) on Fridays so his attendance figures are impacted even less .