If you are considering homeschooling your child, or have just started home education, you may find the answers to these frequently asked questions helpful, particularly if you live in Scotland.
Q. Is it legal to educate my child at home?
Yes! Scots Law gives parents the duty to ensure that their children are educated, either by ‘attend[ing] a public school regularly or by other means.’ You can find more information on the legal aspects of home education in Scotland, and much more, on the Schoolhouse website here
. You will find a lot of other helpful information on the left sidebar of their site.
Q. Will home educating cost me a lot of money?
No, it doesn’t have to. Home educating families are usually very resourceful at finding free or cheap curricula or learning experiences! Remember though, that small children in particular do not need many resources bought for them- everyday household objects, normal play and being read to by Mummy or Daddy is enough for a ‘preschooler’.
Here are links to UK Specific Home Education Resource Suppliers:
– Home education books and resources, run by the Norman family.
Of course there are lots of other ways to learn cheaply- local libraries, education resource centres, secondhand book shops, although it may be harder to find some books printed specifically for the homeschool market there. Many museums, castles and visitor attractions will give a discounted or free visit for educational purposes, if you phone in advance.Often the best way to find out about inexpensive homeschooling is to talk to other home educators who will have their own great tips! Here are a few ideas:
Donna Young Resources
– Free homeschool planners, copywork sheets and much more.
One of the beauties of homeschooling is that you can choose the educational approach that suits your family and your child- you are not bound to a particular method or the National Curriculum (although some home educators choose to base their learning on this).
Rather than describe all the different approaches, here are some links to give you an idea:
Q. Are there organisations for UK home educators?
Yes, there are links to some below, and you can find out about local homeschooling groups from them too.
Christian Home Education Support Service
(formerly Home Service) – UK Christian Home Education organisation. Membership gives access to support, encouragement and legal advice for Christian homeschooling families, in addition to a newsletter, annual conference and homeschoolers holiday in Wales, borrowing library of H.E. books and optional academic testing for children.
– Scottish Home Education organisation with lots of Scotland-specific information on education law, and how to proceed if you want to Home Educate your child in Scotland. Campaigns on Home Education issues in Scotland.
– UK wide Home Education charity.
Deut 6v7 Yahoo Group
– UK wide Yahoo Group for Christian Home Educators. Lots of opportunity for questions, advice, discussion and buying/ selling secondhand resources.
Q. Where can I see examples of what other UK home educators are doing?
Joining the Deut 6v7 Yahoo Group mentioned above allows you to post, read and take part in discussions with other UK homeschoolers.
You can download a free PDF version of this page to print out below, if you would like.