UK – United Kingdom Homeschooling
Teaching Your Child At Home In The UK
Good news! In England and Wales the law is very helpful to parents who wish to home educate. So long as you follow the guideline that your child is receiving “efficient full time education suitable a) to his age, ability and aptitude, and b) any special educational needs he may have,” you are free to choose the method that works best for you and your child. You don’t need to be a qualified teacher, nor give your child tests, nor follow the National Curriculum. Secondly, home education is growing in the UK and you will often find a local support group who can help you.
To put some other fears to rest:
- You don’t have to be a teacher (many of us aren’t!);
- Your kids can and will make new friends;
- You will find other people to talk to and meet up with;
- Children do learn more and more rapidly while homeschooling;
- Home education does work!
- There are many support networks available and plenty of internet and website resources which you can tap into for free.
- Further, you can achieve the highest academic standards through home education if that is your goal.
- More importantly, you have the ability in your hands to sow the seeds for a happy, creative and fulfilled young person.
By Sonya Chappell of Homeschool Activities
Takes its name from law which states: “either by regular attendance at school or otherwise.”
Home Educating children with special educational needs in the UK
If you are home educating a child with special educational needs, or if this is something that you are thinking about, then I’d like to invite you to join us. You will be very welcome.
Home Education Advisory Service
Help with homeschooling in the UK.
Home Education UK
A really fun site with lots of activities to join: mail lists, quizzes, and loads of homeschooling information, including UK laws concerning compulsory education.
Home Education in the UK
Information, articles about all aspects of home education in the UK, advice for general parenting, ideas for getting started in home education, and links to useful resources organised by subject.
Lots of homeschooling resources from this British mum.
Events in Great Britain (GB)
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You can teach your child at home, full or part-time (‘home schooling’) – but tell the school and your local council if you’re taking them out of school. As a parent, you must make sure your child receives a full-time education from the age of 5 but you don’t have to follow the national curriculum.
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Elective Home Education Guidelines for Local Authorities in England
Parents are responsible for ensuring that their children receive a suitable education. Where parents have chosen to home educate, we want the home educated child to have a positive experience. We believe this is best achieved where parents and local authorities recognise each others rights and responsibilities, and work together.
You can arrange education out of school for your child if you wish, including home education. From September 2013 home educated young people aged 14 or 15 can attend college full or part time. This is funded by the Education Funding Agency.
Revised Funding Guidance for Local Authorities on Home Educated Children
This document provides revised guidance for local authorities on the funding of home educated children, in the light of various changes to the school and local authority funding system that come into effect in 2013-14. In that respect only, it replaces guidance on home education issued by the Department in a letter from Hardip Begol in 2010.
Welsh Draft non-statutory guidance for local authorities on elective home education
The aim of this consultation is to receive feedback on the proposed, draft, Non-Statutory, Elective Home Education Guidance Document, for local authorities. This draft guidance has been developed in consultation with local authorities and the elective home-educating community to provide an opportunity for them to work together to build consensus and trust. Please submit your comments by 03 July 2015.