What is home schooling and how do I do it?

There has been a lot of discussion about home schooling recently. There are many reasons why you might be considering switching to home education. We’ve covered the key information you need when deciding to start home schooling.

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What is home schooling?

  • Home schooling is when a child is educated outside of the mainstream school system. Instead, a parent, guardian or private tutor teaches them.
  • Legally, all children must receive a full-time education from the age of five.
  • Any child can be home-schooled as long as they receive a full-time education. You can home school either part time or full time.
  • You do not need to be a qualified teacher to educate your child at home. There are no home school qualifications required, either.
  • You do not have to follow the national curriculum. The council can make an ‘informal enquiry’ to check what education your child is getting.

Making your decision

I want to start home schooling. How do I start?

  • Once you have reached a decision that you want to home school, this is what you’ll need to do:
  • Tell your child’s school that you plan to educate them at home. They may refuse if you are planning to home school part-time.
  • If you child is in school because of a School Attendance Order, you will need to contact your Local Authority. They will need to give you permission before you can start home education.
  • You will need to get permission from the Local Authority if your child attends a Special Educational Needs school.
  • This is not necessary if your child is in a mainstream school, even if they have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP).

What support can I get in making my decision to home school?

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