Things to consider about home educating
Home education 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 with others.
What needs to be taught
What you teach must be suitable to your child’s age, ability and aptitude and needs they may have.
As a parent or carer, you don't need to have any formal teaching qualifications to home educate. You may wish to teach your child yourself, employ a tutor, or teach in groups with other home educated children. If you decide to employ a tutor, it is advisable to check their qualifications and ask to see their Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate.
You won't have to follow the National Curriculum or stick to school hours. 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.
By electing to home educate, you will be financially responsible for the education of your child and will not receive any funding from the Local Authority. It's important you consider the full cost implications of elective home education and whether this approach is appropriate to the child and family.
There are lots of free online resources and libraries for example that could be used. There may be other costs to consider such as the cost of resources which should be factored into home educating, alongside any costs that may be incurred if they wish to sit public examinations.
Your child does not have to sit examinations, however, if you wish them to do so you will have to fund the cost of the exams. You’ll need to find a school or 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.