Educating at Home

Deciding to Home Educate

Home Education Mother and Child

Points to consider before deciding to Home Educate


Most parents think long and hard about taking the step to educate at home and it is worth considering the issues below before a final decision is made:



  • If you are considering home education for your child due to a disagreement with the school or a teacher, talk to the teacher concerned, or to the head teacher if appropriate, before you make your decision. This is particularly important for children in Years 9, 10 and 11 who are already preparing for public examinations;


  • Educating a child outside the school system will require a major commitment of parents’ time, energy and money.  There is no financial assistance for home educators, so some expense will be incurred, including resources and any exam entries;


  • Attending school is about more than just schoolwork and many of the lessons learned are about how to get on with other people and developing other skills;


  • Think about the curriculum you will provide, and whether it will allow your child to reach his or her potential;


  • Is your home suitable for undertaking teaching and learning, in terms of noise, space and the general environment?


  • If a home educated child wishes to return to school at some point, progress to post-16 education/training or take public exams, you will need to think about how to prepare them for this;


  • Home educated students can sit examinations as external candidates, but may not be able to sit the same GCSEs as they have been studying in school, so it is important to take advice on this before removing a child from school, especially if they are in Years 9, 10 or 11;


  • Part-time provision may be available at the IW College for some home educated pupils in Year 10 and/or Year 11 but only if home education has been assessed as suitable for at least 6 months before the start of the course in September. This is not an alternative to school, as provision is part-time and only a limited number of vocational courses and/or GCSEs are available. This is unlikely to be a suitable option for students with an EHCP;


  • If you remove your child from a school to educate at home, but then change your mind, there is no guarantee that a place would still be available at the school your child left.