What does education at home really mean?

There are many styles of education and you must choose the one that is best for your child. It might be influenced by your philosophical, spiritual or religious outlook or by your child's specific needs. There is a vast variety and potential within home education with no particular method being better than another.

You might decide to teach your child yourself, or make arrangements to plan and teach in small groups with other home educators. Alternatively, you might decide to employ a private tutor or use a distance learning course provider.

Irrespective of who actually teaches your child, it will be up to you to ensure that your programme is helping your child to learn. You will be responsible for arranging the most appropriate curriculum for your child and meeting the full cost of his/her education.

You must also ensure your child receives suitable, full- time education for as long as he/she is educated at home. The Local Authority recognises that there are many approaches to educational provision.

What is suitable for one child may not be for another, but all children should be involved in a learning process.

  • Updated: 17 Oct 2014