Have Home Education Books for those essential reads to get
to Understand H.E.
should hopefully answer a few of your questions if you are just
finding out about Home Education. Below these paragraphs are some
to sites to give more detail and help. The below is reproduced
with permission from www.HE-ED.org.uk
Educate you don't need to:
* Be a
teacher - many teachers are choosing home-based education for
their own children, but most Home Educators have no qualifications
in this field. Many times you'll find that the parents are learning
alongside their child; either whilst helping with subjects that
the adult has no previous knowledge of, or whilst remembering
and building on subjects that they dimly recall from their own
* Follow the National Curriculum (NC) - you don't have to follow
the NC unless you want to. With home-based education you have
the flexibility to follow your child's interests instead. You
also don't have to put your child through SATs!
* Provide 'school-at-home' - unless this method suits you and
your child. There are many ways to help a child to learn, and
mirroring the way they do it at school is only one. There are
Home Educators that follow a child-led, autonomous style, and
others that purchase whole curriculum's to use. In between there
is a whole range of other ways. One of them should be suitable
for your own child. If you should decide to follow a 'school-at-home'
path you'll most likely find that you can cover more in two hours
a day than they can cover in a whole day at school.
* Spend a lot of money - Home Education can be as expensive or
as cheap as you personally make it. There are a wealth of resources
available online, plus the Library, educational programmes on
television, museums, local groups etc. Some places will give you
the schools discount if you state that you are Home Educating
* Be subject to inspections by the Local Education Authority (LEA)
- but the LEA does have a duty to intervene if it appears that
a child is not receiving a suitable education. The LEA is allowed
to make informal enquiries to satisfy themselves. Some Home Educators
are happy to have a LEA representative visit with them at home
and have their child show what they have been doing. Others prefer
to send a written Educational Philosophy to the LEA, or meet with
them on neutral ground to discuss matters. Some Home Educators
never even hear from the LEA. It is worth remembering that the
LEA has no legal right of entry to your home, and no rights to
test your child. However, if the LEA believes that your child
is not receiving a suitable education they can issue a School
Attendance Order and force your child to attend the school of
their choice. This is a very rare occurrence though, and should
not happen without a lot of prior correspondence.
intend to add a page of local HE Groups pages soon.
Quick Start Links
Range Education Legal Advice - good place to start
if you need to know where you stand. There is a legal specialist
attached to the site. The info on Fred is pertinent to England
and Wales, for Scotland, see Schoolhouse.
Otherwise - my personal opinion is its worth spending £20
on joining EO - at least for the first year. You get a book and
newsletter and an introduction to lots of support.
the eo site has an International
Home Education Page
Education UK - everything you need, put better than i did!
is affiliated to this site, the others are ones i found useful
in my initial quest for information, there are many more and i
am happy to add links to them if they are sent to me.
-0-8years predominantly, HE and Parenting Support
Click to subscribe to MuddlePuddle
Otherwise - general support and info
Click to subscribe to eo
Home Education - 'A friendly discussion group, covering many
topics, for home educating families - both new and old'
Home Ed - for parents of "gifted" children in or
out of school
Click to subscribe to gifted-home-ed-uk
Otherwise Lists has an excellent page of lists that
are available - of these UK HE is a busy and useful one,
with an emphasis on the political stance of Home Education
and the rights of Home Educators. Its occasionally difficult
to join, not being on yahoo but here is an explanation,copied
with permission from the EO site.
Home Education Support Listserv
you would like to join this FREE mailing list, send an email
the message text, type only: SUBSCRIBE UK-HOME-ED followed
by a space, then your name (as it appears in the header
of your email postings).
example:SUBSCRIBE UK-HOME-ED Fred Bloggs
to join this list.
intend to add a page of mailing list links to more specialised