Homeschooling is an educational approach where parents or guardians take on the responsibility of educating their children at home, rather than sending them to a traditional school.
The number of children being homeschooled in the UK has seen an increase in recent years. Sometimes, families will make an active decision to home educate, as it provides a flexible option that allows the curriculum and learning environment to be tailored to the specific needs and preferences of a student. Where families travel frequently, homeschooling can provide a consistent form of education. In other cases, mainstream schooling may not be meeting the needs of a student, for example where a school has poor provision for Special Educational Needs.
Yes, homeschooling is legal in the UK. Parents have the right to educate their children at home, as long as they provide a suitable education that covers the key areas of learning. It is recommended to inform the local education authority of your decision to homeschool, although there is no legal requirement to seek their permission.
To start homeschooling, you can begin by researching the homeschooling regulations and guidelines in your area. Familiarise yourself with the curriculum requirements and consider your child's educational goals and learning needs. It's helpful to create a well-rounded curriculum that covers core subjects such as English, mathematics, the Sciences, and humanities, while also incorporating other areas of interest and practical experiences. Many homeschooling families also join local homeschooling groups or networks to connect with other families and share resources and support.
Our tutors are highly experienced in supporting students who are homeschooled, and are able to play a key role in shaping their educational journey. Given that all Owl Tutors are qualified teachers, they are well placed to provide guidance, structure, and a strong educational foundation, helping your child achieve academic success while fostering their love for learning.
If you are considering homeschooling and have further questions or need guidance on getting started, please feel free to reach out to us. We are here to provide support and information to help you make informed decisions regarding your child's education.