Home Education Support and Resources

Home Education is legal in the UK, but for many years, was relatively unheard of.  Those who were home educating, as recently as 10 years ago, were still generally regarded with some suspicion, and met with stares, questions, and sometimes, hostility.   However, there has been a steady increase in the numbers of home educators over the past decade, and as a result, home education organisations, websites, blogs, and groups have mushroomed all over the UK. A simple internet search will soon connect you with other home educators, and most groups are just a click away on Facebook.  There are so many resources out there, that this website couldn’t even begin to promote them all – it can be quite overwhelming! However, there are some organizations and individuals who have selflessly built up an impressive body of information over the years, and can offer a wealth of experience and knowledge- so much so, that this site is not attempting to replicate what others have done already. If you are new to, or considering, home educating, we would recommend that you visit these:

Education Otherwise

Education Otherwise (EO) was formed by a small group of parents in 1977 and has evolved into a large self-help organisation which offers support and information to members. Their website is a great source of information including legal rights,  deregistration from school, and sample LA letters.

 Christian Home Education Support Service (CHESS)

The Christian Home Education Support Service (CHESS), previously known as The Home Service, was founded in 1992 by a group of parents, who were themselves involved in Christian home education in the UK, to provide help and advice for those who were treading the same road or thinking of doing so. CHESS members enjoy benefits such as a newsletter, access to conferences, and opportunities to meet with other Christian home educating families.

 

Ed Yourself – The Home Education Consultancy

This website is the work of Fiona Nicholson.  Fiona has given evidence to Government Committees on the subject of elective home education and can provide you with a clear up-to-date analysis of the key areas of elective home education practice and policy in England and Wales. Ed Yourself contains reams of information, including legal updates, exam and SEN information, and Fiona can be contacted for help and advice via the website.

site logo Home Education UK

Home Education UK is the site of Mike Wood, and also offers a huge amount of information. Mike has been involved in supporting home educators since the mid 1990’s when he was involved in editing the Elective Home Education Legal Guidelines.

GCSEs and A Levels

Tutors & Exams

Accommodating the home educated, private, excluded or adult learners who want to sit their GCSE and A Level exams. Private exam centre and tutoring.

Phone: 02476 221008

http://www.tutorsandexams.uk/

 

NorthStar Worldwide

NorthStarWorldwide was established specifically to provide support to home educators. We are excited about home-based learning! Our senior staff have over 20 years experience of home educating their own children. In addition, some of our tutors were taught at home themselves whilst others are home educating parents. We have a passion for home education and  are committed to helping parents and children succeed in home-based learning.

http://northstarworldwide.org/

 

My Own Tutor 

(Leicester)

My Own Tutor Leicester City provides families with an affordable personalised learning support system.Students have access to
– proven online teaching aids for 5-17 year olds which follow the National Curriculum and are available in maths and English & other subjects.
-free personalised assessments
-parents receive monthly detailed reports
-freephone telephone support from qualified teachers
-tailored learning support plan
-practice exercises
-lessons available 24/7 based on National Curriculum
-bite size learning with limitless repeats
-topic gaps and weaknesses identified
-certificates of achievements are awarded to recognise success & keep pupils motivated.
-affordable price for the whole family
-free membership to vision to learn discount scheme.Average family savings are £50- £60 per month.
My Own Tutor Leicester City is ideal for home educators, for those looking for extra tuition prior to exams, those with special education needs or adults wishing to improve their skills in maths & English and other subjects.

http://www.myowntutorleicestercity.co.uk

Resource Providers

ANSWERS IN GENESIS

TEACH

CONQUEST BOOKS

CONQUER MATHS

ICHTHUS RESOURCES

VALLEY CHRISTIAN SCHOOL ONLINE

2SIMPLE – PURPLE MASH

PRIM-ED PUBLISHING

SONLIGHT CURRICULUM

KONOS CURRICULUM

MODERN MISS MASON

 

There are a host of other resources to be found on the internet through a simple search.  With access to blogs, videos, social media and other home education sites, there is no shortage of help and information available.

 

 

 

RECOMMENDED READING

  • The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home
    by Susan Wise Bauer, Jessie Wise
  • Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Education
    by John Taylor Gatto
  • The Original Homeschooling Series
    by Charlotte M. Mason
  • For the Children’s Sake
    by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay
  • Educating the Wholehearted Child
    by Clay Clarkson, Sally Clarkson
  • The Successful Homeschool Family Handbook
    by Raymond S. Moore, Dorothy N. Moore
  • The Way They Learn
    by Cynthia Ulrich Tobias
  • The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling
    by Debra Bell

DVD:

Being and Becoming A Film by Clara Bellar