Home Education Guide

Welcome to my blog! I'm Nicola! I home educate my children DD14, DS11, DS9, DS6 & DD3.

I wrote this guide a few years ago after many families began home educating and asking me many questions. I then set up this blog in January 2017 followed by my Instagram page theworldistheirclassroom

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Home Education Guide

I decided to Home Educate back in 2003 when I had my first child, and now teach all my five children at home, they have never been in the schooling system. There were many reasons which influenced my decision but the main was to enjoy watching my children learn, develop and bond with each other and I didn't feel I needed any external help. Now in 2017 I am happy I made those decisions and my eldest in now studying for her IGCSES. Home Education is on the increase and many people have asked me over the years many questions such as What is Home Ed all about? Where do I start? Which books should I buy? Do you need to be a teacher or have a degree yourself? So I have put this short article together so that it may benefit someone.

What is Home Education?

Home Education is when children do not enter the school system at age 5 rather they are educated at home by parents or tutors.  According to the 1996 Education Act in England and Wales, it is the parents (not the state) who are responsible for providing their children's education 'at school or otherwise' so long as the education is suitable for the age, ability and aptitude of each child. For more information about Home Education please visit http://www.educationotherwise.net/

Why do people Home Educate?

People choose to Home Educate for different reasons. Some children are taught at home due to bullying, illness or cannot attend their choice of school, others have been taught at home from the start and have never been in the school system.

How do I go about registering?

If a child has never been in the system then your Home Ed begins whenever you choose. You are not obliged to inform the local authority, it's your choice. If a child is at school and you wish to start Home educating then you need to write to the Head of the school to inform them of your decision. If the Local Authority are informed then you will receive a letter with a questionnaire about your decision to Home Educate and then once a year an inspector will ask if he can visit you. Some families agree to this and others do not. From my experience the inspector has been very helpful and enjoys looking at the children's work as well as giving us good feedback in the form of a report.

'The law says parents must ensure that any child of compulsory school age receives ‘efficient full-time education suitable to his/her age, aptitude and ability (and to any special educational needs he/she may have) either by attendance at school or otherwise’ (Education Act 1996, Section 7).  This means that parents may decide that they would prefer to educate their child at home rather than send them to school.
If a parent wishes to remove their child from a school roll in order to home educate them, they must inform the school in writing.  Parents have the right to do this and do not need permission from the school or local authority.  If a parent informs you that they wish to home educate their child, you should remove them from the school roll from the date that you receive notification in writing, and contact this department straight away.  
The exceptions to this are when a child is placed in a special school or is the subject of a school attendance order, when permission from the local authority is required.  Please contact us before removing a child from your roll in these circumstances.
Once we receive notification that a child is being home educated, we will register them as such and make contact with the family and with the school in order to fulfil our duties with regard to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.'  https://bso.bradford.gov.uk/Schools/CMSPage.aspx?mid=347
How do I Home Educate and what about exams?

All children learn in different ways. Some children will enjoy learning through workbooks and sit for long periods with pen and paper. Others, such as my boys for example, are not so keen. They enjoy more practical, hands on activities. This is fine. Follow your child's interests by starting projects and adapting lesson plans. If they are into Lego for example make comics, build structures. If they enjoy sports then get outside and teach maths through skipping the correct answer to a times table question. They do not have to be sat in a room at a table to learn. The world is their classroom!

When Home Educating you do not need to follow the National Curriculum as exams and tests are not obligatory. However, many Home Educators like to have some structure and buy a curriculum that's available on the market. When you have decided and bought your curriculum then you can begin teaching your child at home. I have seen many families buy books but then as they grow more confident in teaching their children and seeing how they learn, they easily find other ideas and projects to start.

For those thinking about exams please check out the Home Ed Wiki here
http://he-exams.wikia.com/wiki/HE_Exams_Wiki
IGCSE's and A-Levels can easily be studied at home and then exams can be booked through your local exam centre where children can sit as 'private candidates.'

First choose your exam board (EdExcel) seems to be the preferred choice for most Home Educators. Then choose your subject/s, buy the relevant course material and study along with post papers on the exam board's website. They may also send you material, such as the Anthology needed for English Language and English Literature. My eldest has just started hers, so if you need any further info, then please get in touch!

Here are a few websites that may be useful.

Preschool

Primary/Secondary

EdPlace - Amazing online lessons covering the National Curriculum for English, Maths & Science click here to see our review.
Scholastic - We use the 100 lessons
The Maths Factor - Online Maths
Audible - Audiobooks
http://uk.mathletics.com/ - online Maths
http://www.conquermaths.com/    - online Maths
http://www.schofieldandsims.co.uk/ - buy at tutor price


Home Ed Supplies

The Book People
The Works
Baker Ross
Cartridge Monkey
Kids Pass
The Book Depository
Early Learning Centre
Amazon


How do HE children socialise?

This is the most common question that we are faced with as Home Educators!
Firstly, who says that school is the only place where children can socialise? In fact when I was in school we weren't allowed to talk to the person next to us during lessons and if we did, we would be told 'you're not here to socialise you know!'

HE children seem to be much more confident in socialising with people of all ages, backgrounds etc. not just the same 30+ children in their class day in day out!

HE children have lots of opportunities ever day to socialise. There are so man workshops, events and activities where they mingle with different children and adults.

As it's known as 'Home Education' people often assume that that's where all their learning will take place, when in fact their classroom is taken outside more often than within four walls! It's certainly not 'School at home' which is what I have had to remind myself over the years!


Advice for new Home Educators

My advice would be, whether you're starting from scratch or just taken your children out of school, is to relax, have fun and get to know your children's interests. Choose subjects they find exciting and are relevant to what they would like to do in the future.
Find local HE families through social media groups in order to find out what's happening in your area and events that you could take the children to.
Finally, remember everyone's HE adventure is different, so don't feel you have to follow and copy other people. All children are different and learn in different ways!
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