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Welcome to our Home Schooling Hub! 

Whether you're considering home schooling or have already made the decision, we're here to support you every step of the way. At our Home Schooling Hub, we understand the importance of providing guidance, support, and educational resources to help parents navigate this unique educational journey.  

We know that choosing to educate your child at home can be both exciting and challenging. That's why our dedicated team is here to provide you with the knowledge and tools you need to create a successful home schooling experience for your family. Our comprehensive guidance will help you understand the legal requirements, curriculum options, and teaching methods available to you. 

We believe that every child is unique, so we provide personalised support to help you tailor your child's education to their individual needs and interests. In addition to guidance, we offer a wide range of educational resources to enhance your home schooling journey. From lesson plans and worksheets to interactive online tools, our resources are designed to make learning engaging, interactive, and fun. 

What are my options? 

Homeschooling, or educating children at home, has become an increasingly popular choice for parents in England. Whether motivated by a desire for more personalised learning, concerns about the traditional education system, or specific needs of their child, many parents are considering homeschooling as a viable alternative. 

In this section, we will explore why parents might choose homeschooling, their rights in this matter, and the options available to them.

What are my obligations? 

If you choose to homeschool your child full-time in England, there are specific obligations and considerations regarding standardised exams, such as SATs (Standard Assessment Tests) and GCSEs (General Certificate of Secondary Education). 

SATs are generally not compulsory for homeschooled children in England. However, some local authorities may request that homeschooled children participate in SATs or other standardised assessments as part of their monitoring process. It's advisable to check with your local authority to understand their specific requirements.


Why Consider Homeschooling?

Personalised Learning:

Individualised Attention:

Flexibility in Schedule:

Parents' Rights Regarding Homeschooling:

In England, parents have the legal right to educate their children at home either full time or part time. However, it is essential to be aware of the legal requirements and responsibilities associated with homeschooling:


Curriculum and Assessment:

Access to Resources:

Options for Homeschooling:

Independent Homeschooling:

Structured Homeschooling Programs:

Tutoring Services:

Procedure for Homeschooling:

Notify the School:

Local Authority Involvement:

Keep Records:

Homeschooling in England provides parents with a unique opportunity to take an active role in their child's education. By understanding their rights, considering the reasons for homeschooling, and exploring available options, parents can make an informed decision that aligns with the individual needs and values of their family. Whether choosing an independent approach or following a structured program, homeschooling offers a flexible and rewarding educational journey for both parents and children alike.

Possible letter to your school:

Dear [School Name],

I am writing to inform you that we have made the decision to homeschool our daughter/son, [child's name], on Friday mornings every week indefinitely. We kindly request your understanding and support in accommodating this arrangement, while also adhering to the laws of England and the rules for providing alternative provision in accordance with [child's name] EHCP (Education, Health, and Care Plan).

The reason behind our decision is our dissatisfaction with the school's provision for [chils's name] needs thus far. Despite the efforts of the school staff, we feel that [child's name] requirements are not being adequately addressed within the current educational framework.

By homeschooling [child's name] on Friday mornings, we believe we can provide her with a more tailored and effective learning experience. This will enable us to create an environment that caters to her specific needs and learning style, ensuring she/he receives the support and attention necessary for her educational development.

We understand the importance of collaboration between parents and the school in supporting a child's education. We are committed to working closely with you to ensure that [child's name] educational progress continues to be monitored and supported, in line with the guidelines set forth in her/his EHCP.

We kindly request that you consider this letter as official notice of [child's name] homeschooling schedule on Friday mornings. We are open to discussing any necessary arrangements or modifications to ensure a smooth transition and to facilitate ongoing communication between us and the school.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation in this matter. We believe that this decision is in the best interest of [child's name] education and we are confident that it will contribute positively to her/his overall well-being.

Should you have any questions or require further information, please do not hesitate to contact us. We greatly appreciate your attention to this matter and look forward to maintaining a positive and collaborative relationship with the school.

Yours sincerely,

Your Obligations

SATs (Standard Assessment Tests):

SATs are generally not compulsory for homeschooled children in England. However, some local authorities may request that homeschooled children participate in SATs or other standardised assessments as part of their monitoring process. It's advisable to check with your local authority to understand their specific requirements.

Procedure for Registering for SATs:

If your local authority requests that your homeschooled child takes SATs, you will typically need to follow these steps:

Contact the Local Authority:

Participate in Assessments:

Record Keeping:

GCSEs (General Certificate of Secondary Education):

GCSEs are not compulsory for homeschooled children in England. However, some families may choose to have their homeschooled children take GCSEs to provide formal recognition of their academic achievements. The decision to pursue GCSEs is entirely optional and depends on the educational goals and aspirations of the child and family.

Procedure for Registering for GCSEs:

If you decide to have your homeschooled child take GCSEs, you can follow these general steps:

Choose Exam Boards and Subjects:

Please note that the landscape of examination boards can evolve, and new boards may emerge. As of my last update, the main examination boards for GCSEs in England include:

When considering GCSEs for homeschooled students, it's crucial to check with the respective exam boards for the latest information on syllabuses, exam formats, and any specific requirements. Additionally, if you are homeschooling in England, you should communicate with local education authorities and potential exam centers to ensure compliance with any regional or institutional policies related to homeschooled students taking GCSE exams.

Find Exam Centers:

Registration Process:

Prepare for Exams:

Take Exams:

It's important to note that policies and procedures may vary between local authorities and exam centers, so it's recommended to consult with the relevant authorities and institutions to ensure compliance with any specific requirements. Keeping open communication with your local authority will help you stay informed about any changes in regulations or assessment expectations for homeschooled children in your area.

Record keeping

Parents often find that the level of questions and content of a child's conversation demonstrates their level of understanding and if they are making progress. Other parents prefer to have a systematic way, through tests or other means of knowing their child is making progress at a pace appropriate to his/her ability.

You may find it useful to look at the National Curriculum Guidelines and our example minimum expectations to give you some idea of what your child is expected to be able to do at different stages or to guide you when planning the next steps in learning. Not every child will be at these levels some will be in advance, some at the level expected, some are working towards the levels. Our home education advisor can also discuss this with you and make suggestions on how to support your child's education.

It is desirable to record what has been learnt in order to make informed decisions about future areas of study and to be able to map progress. However you choose to structure your child's learning and time, it is helpful to keep some records of their progress.

Records can take any form: Reports and diaries; Examples of work (it is helpful if these are dated); Photographs, drawings, recordings and so on; Plans and programmes of work; Evidence of achievements and progress made. Any workbooks or textbooks can be placed alongside. 

A reading record can be very useful, but production of recent texts read by the pupil will suffice, especially if supported in a general discussion on likes and dislikes regarding reading matter. Reading material does not always have to include fiction, as there are many who read illustrated reference/interest books containing much in the way of sophisticated vocabulary.

What happens if it appears suitable education is not being provided?

Under section 437(1) of the Education Act 1996 (on Office of Public Sector Information website), the Local Authority has a duty to intervene if it appears that parents are not providing a suitable education. Surrey County Council is committed to working in partnership with Parents to ensure that all home-educated children are receiving a suitable education that meets the requirements under Section 7 of the Education Act 1996.

What constitutes as a 'suitable' education should be considered on a case-by-case basis according to age, ability, aptitude and any SEN needs a child may have. Therefore, this may lead to variation regarding the reasons why an LA may reach a decision that home education arrangements are either suitable or not suitable.

There may be a variety of reasons why the information/ evidence provided has not been deemed suitable by the local authority. This may include:

The types of information and evidence you may wish to provide might consist of:

The local authority needs to be satisfied that appropriate education is taking place and therefore, it will be about building a full picture of the individual circumstances of each child. It is important to note that the above is for guidance and by way of example only and as such is not an exhaustive list. Each case is judged upon its own individual circumstances.

Where there are concerns about the suitability of the home education provision, a home visit will be offered with the aim of helping you overcome the difficulties within a mutually agreed timescale.

If, after an agreed timescale, the situation has not improved you should arrange for your child to return to school. Should you need help to find a school place, the Schools Admissions Team and the Inclusion Service will assist you.

If you decide to return your child to school after trying home education

If you change your mind about home educating your child, you must contact a school to request a place. You can do so at any time, however, it cannot be guaranteed that there will be a place at the school previously attended.

Home visits from the Local Authority 

In England, parents who choose to homeschool their children are entitled to do so. However, it is important for parents to understand that the Local Authority (LA) has the responsibility to carry out routine visits to ensure that a suitable education is being provided. When the LA conducts these visits, parents are expected to cooperate and provide the necessary information about their homeschooling arrangements. This includes sharing details about the curriculum, teaching methods, and resources being used to educate their children.

To ensure best practice during these visits, it is recommended that parents:

1. Prepare a portfolio: Create a portfolio that documents the educational activities, progress, and achievements of your child. 

2. Maintain a structured routine: Establish a consistent schedule for homeschooling, covering various subjects and allowing for appropriate breaks. 

3. Engage in regular assessment: Implement methods to assess your child's progress and learning outcomes. 

4. Provide a broad and balanced curriculum: Offer a comprehensive curriculum that covers key subjects such as English, mathematics, science, history, and geography and the arts.

5. Seek support from educational resources: Utilise educational resources, such as textbooks, online courses, educational websites, and external tutors, to enhance the quality and breadth of education being provided.

By following these best practices, parents can ensure that their homeschooling arrangements meet the expectations of the Local Authority and provide their children with a suitable education.

Demonstrating a suitable education

While there’s no legal obligation, there are pragmatic reasons for creating and maintaining own your report. This will be your shield from potential prosecution under s437 of the Education Act 1996 and so it should not to be taken lightly.

If you are contacted by the local authority (LA) for an informal enquiry, we advise you to respond by sending a report.

The most important thing to remember is that there is no right or wrong way to format or submit a report (EHEDGLA,6.12), we all do things differently. 

Here you will find ideas and tips that have helped other parents in your position to write successful reports, from the first report right the way through to court evidence. 

You can include a philosophy, and we would advise you do so, but it isn’t necessary and you may still be in the early stages of developing one.

As a homeschooling parent in England, it is important to understand the requirements for reporting to the Local Authority (LA) to demonstrate that your child is receiving a suitable education. This guide aims to provide you with detailed information on what a report for the LA that demonstrates a suitable education looks like, ensuring compliance with the guidelines set forth by the Department for Education (DfE).

Familiarise yourself with the legal requirements for homeschooling in England. Under section 7 of the Education Act 1996, parents are legally obligated to provide a suitable education for their children, either by attending school or through homeschooling. Reporting to the LA is an essential part of demonstrating that your child is receiving a suitable education.


Content of the Report

The report should provide a comprehensive overview of your child's educational progress and achievements. It should include the following information:

a. Introduction: Begin the report with an introduction that includes your child's name, age, and a brief overview of your homeschooling approach.

b. Educational Philosophy: Provide a summary of your educational philosophy and the goals you have set for your child's education. Explain how your homeschooling approach aligns with the National Curriculum.

c. Curriculum: Outline the subjects you are covering in your homeschooling curriculum. Include a description of the resources, textbooks, online courses, or other materials you are using for each subject.

d. Learning Activities: Describe the various learning activities your child engages in, such as reading, writing, experiments, field trips, projects, and any other relevant activities. Emphasize how these activities promote critical thinking, problem-solving, and practical application of knowledge.

e. Progress and Assessment: Provide an overview of your child's progress in each subject. Include samples of their work, such as written assignments, artwork, science experiments, or photographs of projects. Explain how you assess your child's learning, whether through tests, quizzes, self-assessments, or other methods.

f. Personal and Social Development: Highlight opportunities for your child to develop social skills, interact with peers, and engage in extracurricular activities. Include details of any clubs, groups, or community involvement your child participates in.

g. Support and Resources: Describe any external support or resources you utilize, such as online courses, tutors, educational websites, or homeschooling networks. This demonstrates that you are accessing appropriate support to enhance your child's education.

h. Reflection and Future Plans: Reflect on your child's progress and achievements, highlighting areas of strength and areas for improvement. Discuss any adjustments or future plans you have for their education.

Formatting and Presentation

Ensure that the report is well-organized, clear, and easy to read. Use headings, subheadings, and bullet points to structure the information. Include dates or timeframes to indicate the duration of activities or learning experiences. If possible, include photographs or scanned copies of your child's work to provide visual evidence of their progress.

Submission and Deadlines

Check with your Local Authority for specific guidelines regarding the submission of reports and any deadlines that need to be followed. Some LAs require annual reports, while others may require reports at different intervals. Be sure to adhere to any timelines provided.

Additional Considerations

a. Keep records: Maintain a comprehensive record of your child's work, progress, and achievements throughout the year. This will help you compile the report and serve as documentation of their education.

b. Seek guidance and support: Join homeschooling networks, forums, or local support groups to connect with other homeschooling parents and seek guidance on creating reports for the LA. They can offer insights, share experiences, and provide valuable advice.

c. Stay updated: Stay informed about any updates or changes to the homeschooling guidelines or reporting requirements issued by the DfE or your Local Authority. Regularly check their websites or subscribe to newsletters to ensure compliance.

Creating a report for the Local Authority that demonstrates a suitable education is a crucial aspect of homeschooling in England. By following the guidelines outlined in this guide, you can provide a comprehensive and well-documented report that showcases your child's educational progress, achievements, and overall development. Remember to consult with your Local Authority for any specific requirements and seek support from homeschooling networks to navigate the reporting process successfully. 

Deciding a curriculum

What to teach? 

When it comes to homeschooling in England, deciding which curriculum subjects to teach, doesn't have to be a dauntint task, it can be an important and exciting experience. Understanding the requirements and priorities can help you create a well-rounded education for your child.

In England, there are certain subjects that are compulsory for all students, regardless of whether they are being homeschooled or attending a traditional school. 

How to teach? 

This section is dedicated to exploring various methods, schemes of work, strategies, timetabling, and the help available to support you on this educational journey.

When it comes to teaching methods, there are several approaches you can consider. From traditional teaching methods that follow a structured curriculum, to more flexible approaches like unschooling or eclectic homeschooling, each method has its own merits and can be tailored to suit your child's unique learning style and needs.


What to teach? 

These core subjects include English, Mathematics, and Science. These subjects form the foundation of your child's education and are essential for their academic and personal development. Additionally, most, if not all, job specifications will require a munimum of a grade C (or 4/5 in the new grading system) or above in these subjects to qualify to appy. 

While these core subjects are compulsory, it's important to note that homeschooling provides the flexibility to tailor your child's education to their unique interests and strengths. This means you have the freedom to explore a wide range of subjects beyond the core curriculum. 

When deciding which subjects to prioritise, consider your child's passions, future goals - such as entry requirements for further education and potentail career choices - and areas of strength. Some subjects, such as History, Geography, and Languages, can provide valuable cultural and global understanding. Others, like Art, Music, and Physical Education, foster creativity, expression, and physical well-being. Each subject holds its own importance and can contribute to a well-rounded education.

Ultimately, the decision of which subjects to teach should be based on your child's individual needs and interests. Homeschooling offers the unique opportunity to tailor their education, allowing them to explore and excel in areas that truly ignite their curiosity and passion. 

How to teach? 

Schemes of work play a vital role in organising your child's learning journey. Whether you choose to follow a pre-designed curriculum or create your own, having a well-structured scheme of work ensures a balanced and comprehensive education. You can explore various curriculum providers, online resources, and educational materials to find the perfect fit for your child's academic goals and interests. 

Developing effective teaching strategies is key to engaging your child and fostering a love for learning. From hands-on activities and project-based learning to incorporating technology and real-world experiences, there are numerous strategies that can make learning engaging, interactive, and fun. It's all about finding what works best for your child's individual learning style and preferences.

Timetabling is an essential component of homeschooling. Creating a well-structured timetable helps establish a routine, ensures a balanced distribution of subjects, and allows for flexibility in exploring additional activities and interests. It's important to strike a balance between structured learning time and allowing for independent exploration and creativity.

Remember, you are not alone on this homeschooling journey. There is a wealth of support and resources available to assist you. From local homeschooling groups and online communities to educational consultants and tutoring services, you can tap into a network of like-minded individuals who can provide guidance, advice, and inspiration.

So, whether you're just starting out or looking to enhance your homeschooling approach, we are here to empower you with the knowledge, tools, and support you need to create a fulfilling and successful homeschooling experience for your child. 

Let's embark on this educational adventure together!

How Can GLA Tutors Help You? 

We have some exciting and challenging resources in the following subject areas:

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Year One: 

Now & then – The seaside

Now & Then – Toys  

Now & Then - Transport

Year Two:
The Great Fire of London

Kings & Queens

They Made a Difference – Inspirational People 

Year Three:
Ancient Greeks 

Settlements in the UK

Stone, Bronze & Iron Age

Year Four:

Maya Civilisation

Roman Britain

Roman Invasions

Year Five:

Anglo-Saxons and Scots


Baghdad & the Middle East: The Islamic Empire

The Industrial Revolution 

Year Six:

Ancient Egyptians 

Conflict & Resolution 

Making our Mark

Year One: 

My Local Area

United KIngdom

Year Two:

Life in Kenya

Planets Earth

Year Three:

Climate Zones and Biomes 


Year Four:

The Amazon


Year Five:

Asia: Volcanoes and Earthquakes

Year Six:

Global Challenges

Mapping the World

English reading, writing and grammar is taught through the topics of History, Geography and Science alongside additional seperate instruction for Grammar. 

Literary fiction texts and poetry are also used. However, lessons are designed with your child's needs in mind.

We can provide an overview of what should be taught in each term with a full breakdown of teaching points. 

See our selection of exciting and diverse literature below.

We use the White Rose scheme of work and resources for maths. 

Overviews and breakdowns of the small teaching steps can be provided. 

Year One Science: Amazing Animals, The Seasons, Common Plants, Everyday Materials

Year Two Science: Habitats, Uses of Materials, Animals and Survival, Protecting our Environment, Plants & Growth

Year Three Science: Light, Rocks & Fossils, Forces & Magnets, Plants Needs for Survival, Skeletons, Muscles & Nutrition

Year Four Science: Classification & Environments, States of Matter, Teeth & Digestion, Electricity, Sound

Year Five Science: Earth & Space, Forces, Properties and Changes of Materials, Life Cycles, Getting Older

Year Six Science: Light and Perception, Classification, Evolution and Inheritance, Electricity and Circuits, Circulation and Lifestyle

We have some engaging primary lesson plans to accompany the following literature:

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We understand that finding the right specialist tutor for your child can be very difficult and that building a meaningful relationship between student and tutor is essential. 

We can help by boosting your child's academic performance in English, Maths, Science and other subjects; starting with their confidence

We have experience in enhancing communication, speech and language skills; social skills, behaviour and emotional-regulation support; study-skills and organisation-skills support; building confidence and self-esteem; and ecouraging independence.

Please head to our SEND page for more information.

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