Although most parents choose to send their child to school you do have the right to educate your child at home.
It is your responsibility as a parent to ensure that your child receives full time education from the age of 5.
If you choose home schooling you:
- Do not need to be a qualified teacher
- You are not obliged to follow the National Curriculum
- Do not require special permission to educate your child at home
- Are not required to give formal lessons
- You need not have a fixed timetable
- Your local authority may provide guidance for parents including free National Curriculum materials.
Your local authority may ensure that a suitable education is being given, which you can provide by
- Writing a report
- Sending in samples of work
- Meeting with a local authority representative either at your home or outside your home – your child does not require to be present
Advantages of Home Schooling?
There are many advantages to taking control of your child’s education. While at home children can set their own pace and do not need to compete educationally with other children.
Subjects that don’t come easily to your child can have more time spent on them as there is no set timetable.
With home schooling time spent is flexible and can take into account local learning experiences such as a visit to your local museum can create an interest in local history, or a family field trip could give valuable insight into the countryside.
There is no school bell to tell you when to take time for lunch or finish for the day. Lunch time could be a fun way to help teach about healthy eating by making a healthy lunch for both you and your child together.
Take them on a visit to the Zoo and teach them about the animals and the planet we share together.
Disadvantages of Home Schooling
Although there are many positive aspects to home schooling there are also drawbacks which should be considered prior to beginning.
How will this impact on the rest of the family? It takes a great deal of commitment and sacrifice when you opt to educate your family from home.
Will you have to give up work to educate your child at home?
Do your other children want home schooling or would they prefer to go to regular school with their friends?
Although cheaper than private education it is much more costly than mainstream schooling.
It is left to you to ensure that your child/children get similar social development opportunities that children would normally receive at school every day.
As you are not required to be a qualified teacher to teach at home – you may find that you struggle with some subjects that are an essential part of your child’s education.
Making your final decision
Making the decision to home school will never be an easy one to make. Like all parents we want to do what is best for our child and give them an all round education that will stand them in good stead as they get older.
Interacting with others is an essential part of their education and this is one of the main concerns parents have.
Joining a club, such as swimming, badminton etc will not only keep them fit but will ensure that they get not just an education but also a social education learning life skills such as being part of a group.
If you are sending your child to school check out our Ultimate Check List here: Back to school ultimate check list
Taking all of this information into account – would you choose to Home School your child? Submit your comments below.