All About Home Schooling

Making the decision to home school your child may not be the easiest decision to make. However, it does have several benefits and you would be joining the almost 50,000 UK children who are taught at home.

What Is Home Schooling?

Home schooling is exactly what it sounds, teaching your child at school instead of sending him or her to school. You'll need to notify your child's school in writing if you have made the decision to opt out of going to school each day, and of course you may want to get an idea of the curriculum they would be taught at school. Most parents cite a dissatisfaction with the educational system as their reason not to send their child to school; another common reason is bullying in the classroom or a child feeling excluded or not belonging. The Isle of Wight has the highest percentage of home schooled children, followed by parts of Wales, Devon and Cornwall. Schooling at home doesn't affect whether your child can go to university, and you can still apply for higher education and use the university clearing system.

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When to Home School

There is no specific age at which to start teaching your child at home rather than sending them to school; it largely depends on your child and how quickly they learn and can adapt. Talking to your child and the school before making the decision is recommended too and you should plan a smooth transition. Instead of just deciding they aren't going to school the next day, plan a date ahead of time, perhaps after the holidays. You should also make sure you have a lesson plan and schedule in place and any books and other supplies have been purchased, although you aren't required to follow the school's curriculum. Be prepared to provide evidence of home schooling to your local authority, in the form of progress reports or perhaps allowing a home visit.

The Benefits of Schooling at Home

Many parents are dissatisfied with the educational system and maintain that their child can receive a much better education at home, and be better prepared to either get a job or go to university. And of course, a child being taught at home can receive your full attention or focus fully on online classes, instead of felling lost in a class of 20 pupils. You aren't required to follow the school's curriculum, meaning you can alter the make up of classes, as you wish, placing the emphasis on subjects that need it. Your child can learn at his or her pace too, and not the pace set by the school. It's easy to find all the lessons and any other material you might need online or at your local library and schooling at home needn't be costly. If your child seems unhappy or unsettled at school or is being bullied, teaching at home seems an obvious solution. And of course, you can potentially save time and money by not having to take them to school each day.