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Home education in the UK

If you've decided that home education is right for you and your family you'll need information and advice to help you organise your curriculum and schedule.

Read our guide to home education in England, home education in Scotland, home education in Wales and home education in Northern Ireland to find out about local requirements and the legalities of home education, then write a home education philosophy, decide how you're going to track your home-educated child's progress and investigate home education groups near you.

Find out more about home-educating siblings of different ages or a home educating a child with special educational needs and boost your confidence as a home educator with expert tips.

You can also share the first-person experiences of UK home educators who choose home education.


Home education child doing maths
Home education in England: the facts
What does the English law say about your right to home educate your child? We explain the legalities and practicalities of getting started with home education in England.
50 of the best virtual trips and educational experiences for families
50 of the best virtual trips and educational experiences for families
You and your family may be spending more time indoors, but thanks to your laptop you can let the world come to you instead – take a trip round Frida Kahlo’s kitchen, share some chocolate cake with Michael Rosen and journey to the International Space Station with our pick of 50 of the best virtual trips and educational experiences. By Hetty Walton
Home educating children of different ages
Home educating children of different ages
Many families home educate more than one child. If you're thinking of doing the same for your family, we have parents' tips on how to make it work.
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Key home learning skills for every year group

Feeling overwhelmed by school closures and your new home teacher status? You are not alone! We've asked our teacher contributors (who are also parents!) to highlight the key skills we should all be focusing on with each year group as we start our home schooling.

Struggling to see how you're going to get your own work done under these conditions? We have 11 top tips for working at home while your child is off school.

Home education planning pack

Get your home education journey off to a confident start: find out how to set up your own curriculum, how to write an educational philosophy, how to measure progress and evidence learning, how to keep a learning journal and how to use an academic diary in TheSchoolRun's Home education planning pack (available to subscribers only).

Templates and examples of documents are provided, as well as lots of information and tips from an experienced UK home educator.