This non-traditional approach to learning provides families with a flexible and positive experience that may otherwise not be available in traditional school settings.
Parents who homeschool their children have the unique opportunity to instil a particular perspective in their child or explore different activities that allow their children to engage in things they are passionate about.
With the coronavirus pandemic rampaging across the world, more families are considering the idea of homeschooling to keep their children safe from the virus. In this article, we covered everything you need to know to start homeschooling your child in the UK.
The UK government provides a certain level of freedom for parents who wish to homeschool their children. However, there are specific laws that they are required to follow. In Section 7 of the 1996 Education Act, it is stated that parents who wish to homeschool their child must give education to “children of compulsory age.”
In UK law, all children at the age of five must start schooling, either in an educational establishment or at home. A child who is currently enrolled in a formal school must be pulled out before beginning homeschooling. The school does not have authority in denying a parent who wishes to homeschool their child full-time.
However, the law is different for families seeking “flexi-schooling” educational program. They must get approval from the school’s management, who can choose to deny the request.
Generally, parents are not required to contact their local authority when they begin homeschooling their children, but experts highly recommend it. Social workers may conduct home visits or schedule meetings with parents if they fail to notify officials about the child’s education status. They could also ask for evidence of homeschooling, such as homework or—in the case of an independent tutor—a formal verification.
Choosing what subjects to teach your children during homeschool is primarily dependent on where you live. There are several exam boards in the UK, each requiring slightly different GCSE or A-Level subjects. However, parents should remember that children who get their education at home are not required to take SATS.
Parents who have children with special educational needs enrolled in a special school have more things to consider. Before homeschooling, it is required to inform the local authority before the school can take the child’s name off their register. Additionally, the council must be contacted if the child has an education, health and care plan (ECHP).
Unlike traditional school settings, homeschooling your child does not have to cost you anything. Giving your child education at home would remove plenty of bills you’d generally pay at school, including supplies, field trips, uniforms, and “miscellaneous” fees.
Here are some homeschooling ideas that you can do for free:
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