What is Home Education/Homeschooling?

This is where you can teach your child at home or in a variety of places other than school. This can be either full or part-time and is sometimes referred to as, ‘elective home education’ . Your child can be taught by you, a tutor or through an online teacher. This type of education gives your child the opportunity to really dive into subjects or projects they are interested in.

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Is Home Education legal in the UK?

In Englandeducation is compulsory, however sending your child to school is not necessary. You have the right to teach your child at home, or wherever you choose, this is inclusive of a child with special educational needs (SEN).  You do not need to be a teacher or have educational qualifications to home school.

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How many hours a day do I have to home school?

Your child must be educated full-time – UK law doesn’t specify how many hours but children normally receive formal education at school between 22 and 25 hours a week for 38 weeks of the year. You don’t have to stick to a school timetable or follow school terms. The average recommended hours most home educators suggest is between 3-4 hours depending on the age of your child. 

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How Do I Help My Child Transition from Public Schooling to Homeschooling?

There is no denying the fact that choosing to homeschool your children is not an easy decision. Parents homeschooling their children right from the beginning find the process relatively easy because they don’t have to get the child to adapt to a new learning environment. On the other hand, it gets pretty challenging for those parents who move their kids from public schooling to homeschooling.

If you have embraced homeschooling when your child is in a public school, click the button below for tips on how you can make this transition as smooth and successful as possible.

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Can I Get Funding to Homeschool My Child?

No, you don’t get any funding to homeschool your child. Deciding to homeschool your child is not linked to any particular grant or fund from the government. In other words, your finances will remain the same before or after starting homeschooling and there will be no monetary assistance from the government.

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Why There Isn’t Any Government-Sanctioned Funding for Homeschooling?

The UK government is responsible for providing free education to pupils through state schools. However, if any parent opts for private school or homeschooling, it is entirely their decision where the government doesn’t owe anything to them. Also, homeschooling is not represented by any branch of the education ministry. Therefore, there are no funds allocated for any homeschooling activity at any level.

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Can Parents Claim Benefits If They Homeschool Their Child?

No, you can’t claim any benefit just because you homeschool your child. You will remain entitled to the same benefits as before even after removing your child from school and starting their homeschooling.  You don’t get financially penalised to remove your child from the school and you don’t get any benefit for starting homeschooling either.

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Is There Any Effect on Tax Credits with Homeschooling?

Your tax credits have nothing to do with your decision to start homeschooling. Your outlook for tax credits will only change if homeschooling leads you to change the job that affects your income. Otherwise, if you have the same sources of income and are falling in the same tax bracket, you can’t expect any credit change only based on your homeschooling routine.

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Are There Any Grants for Homeschooling?

There is no grant allocated for homeschooling on any government and administrative level. However, if someone is removing a child from a school due to its abysmal condition, they might receive a homeschooling fund.

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Where Can I Find Homeschooling Funds?

Organisations that fund educational projects and individual cases are the only places from where a homeschooling family might able to secure any funding. These are some places where you can try your luck at.

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Can I Homeschool and Work a Full-Time Job?

Yes, you absolutely can. Click the button below for some tips on how you can successfully take up homeschooling when working a full-time job.

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Where Can I Find Resources to Help Me Create a Curriculum for Homeschooling?

Can’t find places to source material for your homeschooling curriculum? Click the link below to learn how you should collect material to create a curriculum for homeschooling.

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