Parent checklist
Deciding to home school your child is a big decision.
Review our checklist to make sure you haven't missed anything!
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We are a community of home educators. We provide home school families with opportunities to network, share experiences, and give them a voice to shape the future of alternative education.

In the last five years, the number of UK home school students has doubled. In 2018, the number of home school students was estimated to be 70, 000. This trend is underpinned by the demands of a changing workplace and widespread realisation that  learning goes beyond the national curriculum. School is about more than teaching to test! 

  • 01

    Know your legal position

    You are under no legal obligation to notify the Local Authority of your decision to home school, unless your child has an education, health and care (EHC) plan. It is recommended that you notify your child's school if you are withdrawing them.

  • 02

    Decide on your approach

    Whether you decide to home school your child full time, employ qualified teachers or enrol them part time in a local FE college, deciding on your approach in advance will smooth the transition.

  • 03

    Teacher selection

    If you are selecting your own teachers, ensure they have been background checked and hold the necessary academic and teaching qualifications.

  • 04

    Timetable and term dates

    Timetables and term dates help to structure your child's time. On average, primary children engage in 3 hours of learning time per day. This increases to five hours for secondary students.

  • 05

    Extracurricular activities

    Home schooling can be lonely for children. Developing a balanced extracurricular schedule will help them to make friends and learn new skills in music, art or sport.

  • 06

    Lesson resources

    You may choose to follow the national curriculum, teach beyond the national curriculum, or focus on practical skills. There are a range of free online teaching resources available to guide your lessons.

  • 07

    Tracking progress

    Home schooling means that you can track your child's progress across hard and soft skills. Their development is about more than just academics!

  • 08

    Exam entry

    Entering your child for public exams, such as GCSEs, A levels or the International Baccalaureate involves careful planning. From exam boards to approved centres, our step-by-step helps you to understand this process.

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