Mum-of-22 says ‘wish me luck’ as she shares tips for home schooling UK’s largest family

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A mum with 22 children has asked people to wish her luck as she begins to home school her record breaking brood.

For a lot of parents, learning that they would be standing in for their kids' teachers for at least the next month was not the most welcome news to receive at the start of 2021.

For Sue Radford, the mum of the biggest family in the UK, the prospect of converting her home into a classroom is a whole different prospect.

Along with 48-year-old husband Noel Radford, from Morecambe, the 45-year-old mum has 22 children and recently became a grandparent for the sixth time.

The married couple are parents to Chris, 30, Sophie, 26, Chloe, 25, Jack, 22, Daniel, 20, Luke, 19, Millie, 19, Katie, 17, James, 16, Ellie, 14, Aimee, 13, Josh, 12, Max, 11, Tillie, nine, Oscar, eight, Casper, seven, Hallie, four, Phoebe, three, Archie, two, and Bonnie, one and Heidi Rose, five months.

The 48-year-old is in charge of a lot of inquisitive minds

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While the children in the older teens can largely run their own schooling schedules, the parents have been left to run their bakery business and educate five primary school age children and three young teens.

Explaining some of the stresses in a recent video, Sue said: "I have got Josh saying 'I haven't got my planner,' I said 'I'll log you onto Your Learning because you can do it on the laptop today because Tillie and Ammie have their workbooks'.

"However, Josh did not have his workbook which has his log in details in, because he mistakenly thought he couldn't bring it home."

A typical day at the Morcambe home school

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Luckily Aimee was on hand to log in with her details.

When Tillie accessed her account she discovered that there was no work uploaded for her.

Sue rang the school to ask about where the learning materials were and was told it would be uploaded shortly.

Oscar, Casper, Hallie and Phoebe's school had been "brilliant", Sue said, and had loaned out Chrome books to the kids.

The foursome have lots of different passwords to log on to, which caused some confusion.

Sue expresses a sentiment many other parents will share

The Radford children settle down for a hard day's work

How are you getting on with home schooling? Let us know in the comments below.

Sue explained that Hallie was struggling to come to terms with being at home.

She said the youngster burst into tears once finding out she won't be going to school.

"You guys need to wish me luck, because I'm not a teacher, I feel like this is not going to go well," Sue said.

"But we're like everyone else, we're going to have to do our best."

Sue welcomed her latest edition five months ago
(Image: The Radford Family/Instagram)

The Radford family en masse
(Image: LeeMcLean/SWNS)

The return to the classroom follows a suitably bustling festive period in the Radford's home.

In a video of their Christmas day the family, led by mum-of-22 Sue, are seen opening presents and giving her a huge present.

Piles upon piles of gifts are seen lining the living room underneath their huge Christmas tree.

A charming scene shows the large brood of little-uns all in their dressing gowns at the top of the stairs in their busy house packed with bunk beds and children's toys.

The children – all 22 of them including grandchildren – are seen discussing Santa's visit and speculating about whether he knocked any tiles off the roof.

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