What the law says about homeschooling in the UK

Homeschooling is legal in the UK. The law states that as the parent, you are responsible for ensuring that your child is properly educated if they are of compulsory school age. The compulsory school age for children in the UK is from five to sixteen years old. 

The law only requires that a parent provides an education that is suitable for your child’s age, ability, aptitude and any special educational needs. Though you are not required to follow the National Curriculum, your local council can make an informal enquiry to check if your child is getting a suitable education at home.

How to homeschool in the UK

Though many home-educating families choose to do some of the following, there are no legal requirements for parents to do the same: 

How to start homeschooling in the UK

It is important to check with your local council what their requirements are for homeschooling. The following steps are based on the recommendations provided by the City of London. 

Step 1

If your child is registered at a school you must advise the head teacher in writing of your intention to educate other than at school. Additionally in the letter you would be requesting that your child’s name is removed from the school roll. The school will then notify the Education and Early Years’ Service at the City of London Corporation.

If your child is not registered at a school but they are of statutory school age you are advised to notify your local council of your intention to educate other than at school.

Step 2

After notification you will receive a form to complete and return to the Education and Early Years’ Service at the address above, which details the arrangements you have made for providing your child with suitable education.

Step 3

On returning the form to the Education and Early Years Service:

  1. You will receive information about educating your child other than at school. This information will include useful names and addresses of organisations independent of the Local Authority.
  2. Arrangements will be made for curriculum and inspection services to be available to you.

An Inspector and an Educational Psychologist will then write to you to make an appointment to visit you to discuss your arrangements.

Step 4

The Inspector and Educational Psychologist will advise, support and review your child’s educational provision. The Inspector will compile a report based on their visit and any other information available. The Inspector will state in their report whether the education provided is satisfactory or not.

If the education is deemed satisfactory a review date will be arranged and your child’s name will be placed on the School Pupil Database, which currently holds details of all children educated other than in school.

If the education is deemed unsatisfactory a review visit will be arranged by the Inspector.

You would be allowed up to three months to make amendments to your arrangements should you wish to continue to pursue educating your child other than at school.

A further visit (within three months) would then be arranged by the Inspector to review the arrangements.

Difference between homeschooling and online homeschooling

When choosing to homeschool, you may elect to purchase a homeschooling programme that resembles distance learning. The curriculum provider will then send you the learning materials and course schedule, but the onus will be on you or a third party tutor to work through the content and explain the concepts to your child. 

An online homeschooling platform, or online school, will give you (and your child) access to a structured course plan and video content that will assist you in educating your child. It is important to note that you or a third party tutor will still need to be involved in your child’s day-to-day learning, but the onus won’t be on you to grasp and explain the concepts of the lesson material to your child. 

Benefits of homeschooling

There are several reasons why parents would choose home education, but below are some of the primary reasons UK parents are turning to homeschooling.

Homeschool Curriculums UK

The two popular homeschooling curriculums parents choose in the UK are:

Curriculum Level Comparison

Age
4/5
5/6
6/7
7/8
9/10
10/11
11/12
12/13
13/14
14/15
15/16
15/16
16/17
17/18
17/18
British Curriculum
-
Learn to Read
Primary Stage 1
Primary Stage 2
Primary Stage 3
Primary Stage 4
Primary Stage 5
Primary Stage 6
Foundation 1
-
Foundation 2
International GCSE
-
AS Level
A Level
Key Stage
Reception
KS1
KS1
KS2
KS2
KS2
KS2
KS3
KS3
KS3
KS4
KS4
KS4
-
First Year University Equivalent

Homeschooling Cost in the UK

The cost of homeschooling will depend on the curriculum, platform, student level and the subjects you select. CambriLearn offers an International GCSE aligned curriculum with two pricing options that help parents and students meet their unique needs.

British Curriculum Estimated Cost at CambriLearn

Standard

This pricing option provides personalised learning for students who require less teacher intervention than our Premium package.

Annual fees per Level*

Primary Stage 1-6

From $771 per annum
or
$91 (10 monthly instalments)

Foundation I&II

From $1 303 per annum
or
$153 (10 monthly instalments)

International GCSE

From $1 847 per annum
or
$217 (10 monthly instalments)

AS & A Levels

From $1 566 per annum
or
$185 (10 monthly instalments)
Premium

This pricing option provides students with access to the full bouquet of learning features offered by CambriLearn.

Annual fees per Level*

Primary Stage 1-6

From $1 671 per annum
or
$197 (10 monthly instalments)

Foundation I&II

From $2 538 per annum
or
$299 (10 monthly instalments)

International GCSE

From $3 760per annum
or
$443 (10 monthly instalments)

AS & A Levels

From $3 200 per annum
or
$377 (10 monthly instalments)

*The fees are only for demonstrative purposes and will vary depending on the subject choice. CambriLearn's British Curriculum also offers parents the option to combine different package options per level. For example, if there is a particular subject that you need extra support with, then you can take that subject on Premium and your other subjects on Standard.

You can view a detailed breakdown of the differences between the CambriLearn International British Curriculum Packages here.

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