How to teach your child at home

Do I need to be a teacher?

No. You need no formal qualifications whatsoever.

What do I have to teach? Do I have to follow the National Curriculum?

The education you provide has to be full time, efficient and suitable. You do not have to follow the National Curriculum, but you could find it helpful to use it as a framework, both for subjects to include and to get an idea of levels of achievement. You can obtain information about the National Curriculum, both Primary and Secondary, on the National Curriculum website that includes guidance and tools that can be downloaded.

If you intend to send your child to school in the future, then it would be wise to be aware of what is taught in school so he/she is not disadvantaged. There are many textbooks and workbooks based on the National Curriculum and these may be useful. You can also use the internet to find information and tools to help you teach your child at home.

How will I teach my child?

You might follow a timetable such as you would find in a school. Or choose to follow a form of 'discovery' education, where you exclusively follow the interests of your child. Or you might use mixture of these methods.

Surrey Children's Services recognises there are many styles of teaching and learning and does not endorse any particular method. Our interest is in establishing that suitable education takes place. Take a look at online information and resources for parents to find out about some of the home education options available to you and your child.