Things to consider about home schooling
Home schooling is a big commitment, and it's important to consider how you'll develop your child's knowledge, understanding and skills appropriate to their age and abilities. It's also important to consider any costs involved, and whether you'll be able to provide enough social opportunities for your child to mix and learn alongside other children.
What needs to be taught
As a parent, you don't need to have any formal teaching qualifications to home school. You may wish to teach your child yourself, employ a tutor, or teach in groups with other home schooled children. If you decide to employ a tutor, check their qualifications and ask to see their Disclosure and Barring Scheme (DBS) certificate.
You won't have to follow the National Curriculum or stick to school hours. However, your child’s education should be challenging enough that they are able to make progress, and should ultimately prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life.
Although it's not compulsory to follow the National Curriculum, some parents find it useful to use as a framework for their own teaching. If you intend for your child to go back to school at some point it's also a good idea to cover similar work to make the transition smoother.
If you choose flexi-schooling, your child will follow the National Curriculum whilst at school.
Home schooling need not be expensive- there are lots of free online resources and libraries for example that could be used for teaching. There may be costs to consider however, such as having to pay for stationery or equipment. If you decide to give up work to home school your child there'll also be the indirect cost of loss of earnings.
Your child won't have to sit any examinations, however, if you wish them to do so you’ll have to fund the cost of the exams. You’ll need to find a centre that will allow your child to sit the examination, but you'll have the flexibility to choose the examination board most suited to your child. The major examination boards for GCSEs/IGCSEs are Edexel, AQA and OCR.
Some home schooling parents find that IGCSEs are more appropriate than GCSEs since they are based predominantly on final examinations rather than coursework that needs to be supervised at school.
Your child's social life
You should consider your child’s social development as part of their education. You may have extended family or friends who are also home schooling, that you could join on visits to museums, galleries, theatres or other places of interest. In addition, your child could socialise with other children through a particular sport or hobby.