Children pay the price of private renting

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Children pay the price of private renting

http://www.guardian.co.uk/money/2012/jan/21/families-forced-to-rent

Do you rent privately? How many times has your child(ren) had to change schools as a result?

Did your parents rent, and how many times did you change schools?

Do you feel your/ your children's education has suffered as a result?

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I'm lucky in that I rent through an association, so i haven't had to move, and with Al at a special school I would have kept him there and just tried to organise transport somehow anyway there not being THAT many special schools in the county any more. But as a young child I moved from a school in London, to a school in the Essex countryside, so one in my current home town all between 5 and nearly 7, and it was confusing I'll admit.

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I lived in the same house from when I was born until I was 27, after my dad had died the house was to be divided equally between us all so I bought my brothers out (though the two youngest still lived with me, I only moved out of it when OH and I got together and we got our own home together (my brother still lives there).
We've lived in 2 private rented houses, once when our house wasnt ready and then once (previous house) because we knew we werent moving to that area for long (longer than we expected), as it was a move for OH's work.

We've seen a huge rise in private rent here as there isnt any social housing here.  Waiting lists are a minimum of 3 years and that not even for great areas.

Rents have risen dramatically but I think its the only way that people can get a house now.

OH went to Barcelona for a work trip recently.  He was doing something regarding their social housing.  They didnt understand why so many people in the uk buy houses.  Apparently its not as much a common practice in the rest of europe.

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EB do you mean you moved school once?

You don't need to be private renting to move your kids about!  I went to 3 primary schools and 2 secondary schools because my mum and dad ran hotels/pubs.   I don't think it affected my education much though. 

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We rent privately as there no other way of getting a house.  My name has been down on the LA  list for a long time, but nothing comes up. or when I have bid on properties we never get anywhere.
So far it hasn't affected J moving school.  But it is always in the back of my mind that at somepoint the landlord could decide to sell up, so we would have to move.

Saying that, when I was with my elder sons' dad we moved home lots of times due to his job, we had our own home too, not a rented one.  My eldest son went to 4 primary schools and 2 high schools, and the other 2 went to 3 primaries and 2 high schools.  Though it was never easy, we just got on with it and it never affected them too badly.

The hardest move was from England to Scotland when my eldest was 15.  So not just a change of school, a whole new school system.   He was half way through GCSE's, which they don't do in Scotland, so he had to go back a year to study for Standard grades.  It was really hard for him, and if I had to do the same now, there is no way I would agree to it!   But in the end he got on fantasically and even got his masters with distinction at Uni.

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Age 6 my parents split up. What with one thing and another I end up staying with an aunt in rural Aberdeenshire. Mum was in London with my brother. 2 miles to the nearest school so I had to learn how to ride a bike pronto. Luckily it was the school holidays so I was reasonably proficient by the time school started.

6 months down the line it turns out my dad hadn't been paying my aunt the money he promised so my aunt was going to put me in a home. My mum got wind of this and soon had me down in London and at a new school. Can't say that was a positive experience - country lad in the big smoke etc.

Another  6 months go by, my mum splits with the guy she's living with and we end up in Dundee. Move around various private flats there and 3 different schools. Must have been there a year doing that before mum finally secured the council flat in my home town that we'd had to leave. Going back to school there wasn't bad as a lot of classmates still remembered me. Thankfully that was the final move, and all before I started secondary. Mum's still in that house (she eventually bought it)

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No Ursh, twice. I started at 4, moved once at 5 and once at 6. Then the usual to secondary etc but I wasn't so confused by that!

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and actually it wasn't that bad, but if that had happened every year, I can see how that would have been disruptive. My first school I only went to for half a term hehe I remember it though, I used to chase a boy named Stephen and one day I had a big noisy tantrum in the dinner hall and pushed my dinner onto the floor... and everyone was Very Cross Indeed. Hee!

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My dad was in the army so I had 2 primary schools & 2 secondary schools. I don't think it affected my education but my last move was when I was stil young enough for it not to affect studies.
i think that what it did do was make me more confident. In my last school I had to start when everyone already knew everyone (some since nursery) and I came in as a stranger where I had to make friends. I can be shy but also if I have to be anywhere, ie a party, and I don't know anyone I will force myself to go up to a stranger and start a conversation.

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My parents moved from renting to mortgage when I was 7. I don't think it had any negative affects on me, just provides a useful timestamp for my memories - old house/school, new house/school.