Nadia Sawalha: Loose Women host admits ‘regret’ over putting daughters in private school

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Nadia Sawalha and her husband Mark Adderley have been homeschooling their daughters for close to six years, as the couple admitted they’re “not fans of school”. The Loose Women star has now opened up about her biggest “regrets” with having her children Maddie, 17, and Kike-Bee, 13, attend private school.

The 55-year-old presenter spoke candidly about the family’s decision to remove their children from it.

It comes as Nadia and her other half Mark chatted about their new book, Honey, I Homeschooled the Kids.

When asked what prompted the couple to remove their children from school, they revealed their big “mistake” was not choosing the right educational institution for them.

“We are not fans of schools. We’re really not,” Nadia remarked.

“We chose the wrong schools for our children and we regret putting them into a private school.”

She added: “It wasn’t right for our children. It’s right for many, but not for ours.”

Nadia and Mark in turn decided to teach both of their daughters at home.

“We feel like we made a lot of mistakes and I think it’s a wonderful thing when you read about other people making mistakes,” the star commented.

“It always makes me feel really good.”

The former EastEnders’ actress also revealed it was not an easy adjustment to go from private school to learning in the confines of their family home.

“We’ve been homeschooling our children for five or six years now,” Nadia explained.

She added: “We were messy wrecks, when we first started.”


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The mum-of-two also revealed that homeschooling is one topic that she refuses to discuss on television as people are often “dismissive”.

The presenter explained that people often share a “narrow” viewpoint about homeschooling and the idea can be seen as “scary” for parents.

“Every programme that I’ve ever been on TV about homeschooling – this is why I always refuse to go on telly and talk about homeschooling – is because people want to put it into a very narrow and niche corner,” Nadia stated.

“Because, it’s incredibly scary to stream against the tide.”

Nadia added: “So I think it’s easy to be dismissive or say, ‘A whole load of hippies’.”

The presenter and her other half have now offered a practical guide to help parents educate their children at home.

Honey, I Homeschooled the Kids by Nadia Sawalha and Mark Adderley is out now.

Loose Women airs weekdays on ITV at 12.30pm.

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