You can teach your child at home, either full or part-time. This is called home education (sometimes ‘elective home education’ or ‘homeschooling’).
Why home educate?
People home educate for a variety of reasons. Most frequently the cause is bullying, while other reasons include special needs that are unmet by the school or local authority, distance to the school, lack of academic progress in school, stress or some other school-related issue. Sometimes pupils find they make more progress from home and the freedom of studying at their own pace helps them excel while at home. Some families never send their children to school in the first place. Overall the main cause of home education is that it is in the best interests of the child.
How do I get started?
With the current COVID-19 outbreak and the resulting school closures, many parents have found themselves in the new role as a teacher to their children. While this is a special case that requires no formal action from parents, many parents may choose to continue their child's education from home when schools are back in session. If that's the case, you must provide notice to your child's school before removing them from the school system. Parents do not need to give any reason for home educating and the law does not make any distinction between reasons for deciding to home educate.
What are the requirements?
A child can be taught by their parent, guardian, or tutor, regardless of the tutor’s qualifications. You do not need to be a qualified teacher to educate your child at home, and there are no home school qualifications you must have before you start home education. However, we have put together a few tips and resources to help you get started.
What should I teach?
This is entirely up to you. The law does not prescribe particular subjects. Though you must provide an education suitable to your child's needs. A majority of homeschoolers will teach the traditional subjects: English, Maths, Science, History, and Geography and blend other topics that interest the child. There are many resources available to help parents teach at home - including Uteach Lessons.
What does a home education schedule look like?
Homeschoolers structure their days in whatever way works best for them. Many begin their schooling early in the morning, as in a traditional school, but some opt to make less distinction between "school" and "home." If a child gets excited about a science experiment before bed, some parents follow the child's enthusiasm to see where it leads; this becomes part of the school day as well.
You might also be wondering if homeschoolers have to follow the traditional school calendar year. In fact, homeschoolers have complete freedom over the structure of their school year. Many follow the traditional school calendar, while others may adopt an opposite schedule to help avoid the steep travel costs and busy holiday destinations that surround traditional school breaks.