We currently live in UK and every holiday we plan has to be booked well over 6 months in advance and only during half terms. Holiday makers and airlines triple the prices during school holidays and if you try to go during the term time, then you get fined by the school/government.
What a world we live in, but I do understand that if you choose public school then you need to make sure your kid attends it. If you don't want to follow the rules then you have an option to home school.
When we decided to travel the world sooner rather than later, then one of the big questions we had was: What about children's education?
That's where home schooling and world schooling came from.
Every country has their own rules so we are writing everything based on UK rules and regulations.
It might be different in your country, so please check.
Home Schooling in UK
In UK you can teach your child at home, either full or part-time.
You can get help with home education from your local council as well.
As a parent, you must make sure your child receives a full-time education from the age of 5 but you don’t have to follow the national curriculum.
The council can make an ‘informal enquiry’ to check your child is getting a suitable education at home. They can serve a school attendance order if they think your child needs to be taught at school.
In schools, children follow the National Curriculum, but parents do not need to follow the National Curriculum when they are educating at home, although some parents might find it useful to use it as a framework for their own teaching.
If parents intend for their child to go to school at some point in the future, it may be advantageous to cover similar work in order to make the transition into school smoother.
UK Councils value varied and flexible types of educational activity and parents may choose to make informal provision that responds to the developing interests of their child and that fits in with their particular lifestyle.
According to case law, the content of the provision must be suitable such that it ‘equips a child for life within the community of which he is a member….as long as it does not foreclose the child’s options in later years to adopt some other form of life if he wishes to do so’.
Parents need to provide a full-time education but they do not need to follow a timetable or have fixed times during which education will take place.
At home, education do not need to follow school hours or term times as contact time is often almost continuous and opportunities for learning can arise at any time.
The Social Aspect
Parents may wish to consider their child’s social development as part of their education. There are many opportunities for socialisation for home educated children and this may be with people of any age. Children may have extended family members and family friends or may join other home educated children on visits to museums, galleries, theatres or other places of interest. In addition, a child could also socialise with others through a particular sport or hobby by joining a club or taking part in events.
Who Will Do The Teaching
Parents do not need to have any qualifications in order to home educate.
They may wish to teach themselves, employ a tutor, enrol their child for educational sessions or teach in groups with other home educated children.
Who do you need to inform if your child has never been to school or is
registered at a mainstream school and you want to de-register?
If a child has never been to school, parents do not need to tell the Local Authority that they are home educating, but it would be helpful to the Local Authority if they do so. If a child is registered at a mainstream school, parents are required to write to the Head Teacher to request that the child is removed from the admissions register and to state that the child will be educated otherwise than at school. The school will remove the child’s name from the roll and inform the Local Authority that the child will be home educated.
The Role of The Elective Home Education (EHE) Advisers
Council’s EHE Advisers are qualified teachers, experienced in working with families who are home educating. Their aim is to work collaboratively with parents to support them in the arrangements they are making to ensure their child receives a suitable education. They provide, on behalf of the local authority, a professional opinion as to the suitability or otherwise of the education being provided and this is shared with parents. EHE Advisers keep up to date with legislation and guidance on elective home education and related subjects and are members of the Association of Elective Home Education Professionals.
Once the local authority becomes aware that a parent is home educating an EHE Adviser will contact the family. If it appears from the information given by the parent that a suitable education is in place, the Adviser will confirm this by letter to the parent. If there is not enough information to confirm a suitable education is in place, the Adviser will either call the parent to ask for further details, or offer a meeting with them.
The EHE Adviser may discuss with parents their values, intentions, philosophy and intended outcomes for their child. In addition, they will ask about the provision being made and would be pleased to see examples of work which the child has undertaken. Advice and support may be offered on teaching methods, content, resources, qualifications, assessment, and social opportunities. These discussions may take place during a home visit or if preferred a meeting at a mutually convenient location.
Parents who choose not to meet with an EHE Adviser may choose to supply information in another way e.g. by sending a report on the provision being made which may include examples of work, or through a telephone conversation.
If it appears to the EHE Adviser that the education is suitable, the EHE Adviser will send a report to parents, confirming the educational provision being made and recording any advice given.
When the home education is considered to be suitable the EHE Adviser will contact families at each National Curriculum Key Stage.
Parents will be also contacted annually to confirm they are continuing to home educate their child or to provide details of the school or college that their child is currently attending and given the opportunity to ask for any help or advice from the Advisers.
Pupils with an Education Health and Care Plans (EHC Plan) or statements of Special Educational Needs will be offered annual meetings to coincide with the annual Statement/EHC plan review.
Parents will continue to have the option of meeting or speaking over the telephone with an EHE Adviser at any time if they would like advice about specific areas of concern or interest.
Should the local authority receive information from another professional or from a third party which suggests that the parents may not be or no longer be providing a suitable education, the Elective Home Education Team will make further enquiries about the education being provided.
If it appears that a suitable education is not being provided, the Advisers will give advice in their reports and offer a meeting to try and help the parents to improve the provision within a reasonable timescale.
If it appears that the provision is not suitable, the Local Authority has a duty (under section 437(1) of the Education Act 1996) to intervene and the Children Missing Education Officer may become involved. Parents will need to demonstrate that they have suitable education in place. If they do not the Local Authority may issue a School Attendance Order naming a school at which the parents are required to register their child. It should be noted that, in such cases or if parents have decided they no longer wish to home educate, the child will not be guaranteed admission into a school of their choice or back into the school previously attended. Once the child is attending school, it would be helpful for parents to inform the EHE team.
Parents will need to fund any examinations that they wish their child to sit.
Parents have the flexibility to choose the examination board most suited to their child. Parents can get a copy of the chosen board’s examination syllabus and they will need to find a centre which will allow the child to sit the examination. Some home educating parents find IGCSEs to be more appropriate than GCSEs since it is based predominantly on final examinations and there is less coursework that needs to be supervised at school. The major examination boards for GCSEs/IGCSEs are Edexel, AQA and OCR.
Some independent, voluntary organisations providing advice and support are:
These centres welcome private candidates to take all IGCSE, GCSE and A Levels:
This website may be useful:
Gov.uk - Education and Learning offers advice and guidance on all aspects of learning and education and explains the possible choices open to young people. www.gov.uk/browse/education
Are any grants available for home education?
NO – home educators are in a similar position to people who send their children to private schools – there is no funding available to support them.
Will my child have to take tests at the key stages?
NO – formal testing is not required. The local authority may ask for information informally. They have no statutory duty to monitor the quality of home education on a routine basis.
Is home education costly?
NO – you don’t need a lot of expensive equipment. Many families teach at home successfully on a low income.
Can GCSEs be taken at home?
YES – you can enter your child as private candidates or arrange for part-time attendance at further education college to study for GCSEs. Or you can use correspondence courses.
Can you study science at home?
YES – much of today’s science is geared to real-life situations using equipment that is easily available at home.
What to do now
If you wish to pursue Elective Home Education for your child you will need to complete the Notification of Elective Home Education form (EHE1b) and write to the head teacher of the school your child is currently enrolled in.
Sample Deregistration letter - England
Here is a suggested brief de-registration letter for those deregistering a child from a school in England. It doesn't need to be long or give any reasons for your decision or any details about your plans. If you have had a friendly relationship with the school you may like to add a note of thanks or give reason for your decision, but this is not necessary.
Head teacher's Name
Dear Mrs Cooper
Re: Thomas Hall (date of birth)
After careful consideration I/we have decided to withdraw my/our son from school as he is now receiving education otherwise than at school. Please delete his name from the register in accordance with Education (Pupil Registration) Regulation 8(1)(d) 2006.
Please confirm receipt of this letter and inform us of the date that our son’s name was removed from the register.
Yours sincerely etc.
It is advisable to include the reference to the Pupil Registration Regulation as there have been instances of schools failing to know or obey the law, imagining wrongly that they have some discretion over whether or not to "allow" de-registration. Local authorities are not entitled to stipulate that the home education must be "approved" before the child's name can be taken off the school register. We also advise that your withdrawal letter be sent by post rather than solely by email.
Do I have to wait for approval before I can start home educating?
No. In England and Wales you do NOT have to have your home education approved. However, the local authority will have to give consent to removing a child from a special school.
Do I have to allow a representative of the Local Authority to access my home or child?
The local authority has no automatic right of access to your home or to your children simply because you are home educating.