About HEFestivals

Home Education Festivals is a non profit organisation which runs home education events in the UK. Most notably they organise and run the Home Education Families’ Festival (HEFF) every summer and more recently the WinterHEFF event.

Everyone at HEFestivals and those who help with the events are volunteers. There is no financial compensation beyond expenses where justified although we keep this to a minimum.


There is a volunteer based board of directors who oversee the organisation of the events and a large community of other volunteers who all help run the events.

Person Icon

Ian Anderson: Ian Anderson has 3 home educated children who are now adults. He worked on the crew at Hesfes for a number of years doing sound and other general duties. In 2016 he was between jobs and able to dedicate most of his time to preparing for the first HEFF. For HEFF 2017 his primary responsibilities are festival logistics, contracts, and sales administration. So he is responsible for making sure all the marquees, showers, toilets etc. are in place, so others can fill the festival with great content.

Chloe Newby: Hi, I’m Chloe Newby. Technically I’m no longer home educated, though adulthood hasn’t changed much in terms of my daily life. I was very involved in the home ed community throughout my teen years, and intend to stay that way since I’ll probably end up home educating my own children one day. When I’m not diving head first into organising festivals at the last minute, I’m usually studying maths, tutoring kids, or hunting down research papers online.


Edward Bowden: My name is Ed and I am a Technology Consultant during the day. I was home educated for all of my secondary education and yearly home education festivals were a very important part of that. I want to see HEFF continue to grow and do it’s best to serve the home ed community.

Bramble: Hi my name’s Bramble, I started volunteering for Heff as a board member when I was 16 and since then I’ve had the amazing opportunity to work with wonderful people to pull off this event, I am now 19 and have learnt so much thanks to the wonderful team we have! I was brought up home education and I’m so happy to be a part of this wonderful, diverse community.


Caelan Rose: Hi, I’m Caelan, I’m 17 years old and this is my first year volunteering on the board of this amazing festival. I left school in when I was 14 to be in part time education and was home educated for the year after that. Although I haven’t been involved with home ed for my whole life I have been welcomed into the community so much and couldn’t be more happy to be a part of putting together this incredible event.

Michel Drescher


Ruadhan Gee: Hi, my name is Ruadhan! I am 21 and was home educated throughout my childhood(and some of my adulthood!) apart from a brief stint in secondary school. I have been a member of the crew since the beginning, now I’m taking the leap to put more of my skills to good use! I like to think I’m approachable and helpful and I hope you will find that too at the festival. I love to be around the wild energies of the communities at HEFF, nothing gives me more hope and love than seeing free range families enjoying themselves.

Key Volunteers

As well as the board there is a team of volunteers including various coordinators and our wonderful event crew.


Workshop Coordinator: Wendy


Workshop Coordinator: Mark


Crew Coordinator: Hi, I am Becky. I spent most of my childhood in France where I was home educated until I was 15, when I decided to start school. I did a master’s degree in fine art and I am now figuring out what I would like to do next.
I rediscovered the English home ed community five years ago at Hesfes, and since 2016 I have organised workshops, been on the crew, and am now really happy to be coordinating crew at HEFF. I love contributing to this fantastic festival, and being part of what makes it happen!

Person Icon

Photographer: Bridget

Person Icon

First Aid Coordinator: Julie


Safeguarding Lead: Hi I’m Kathryn, I’m a home educating mum of three, childminder and swimming teacher. My family all love HEFF, it’s a wonderful festival where everyone is so welcoming, its one of the highlights of our home ed year. I’ve been a first aid volunteer the past few years at HEFF and I’m looking forward to being part of the team again this year.


Live Acts Coordinator: Hello ? I’ve been with HEFF in various guises from day one and although I don’t currently have time to serve as a Board Member, I’m very happy to be coordinating the LIVE at HEFF programme. I’ve home educated my own kids since 2007, I’m an artist-maker and arts engager, and like to bring my playful sense of creativity to everything I do.