Support and information
Home educating your child is an exciting and challenging experience — and you're not alone! There are plenty of home educators in the same boat, as you'll discover from our articles, and plenty of support on TheSchoolRun to help you get through the ups and downs and boost your confidence along the way. Learn about the legalities of home education, how to home educate on a budget, the best home education resources available and much more.
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.
- Reception key English and maths skills for home learning
- 7 key areas for Year 1 home learning
- Year 2 English and maths: key home learning
- Year 3 maths and English learning at home
- At-home learning support for maths and English in Year 4
- Key English and maths skills in Year 5
- Year 6 maths and English key home learning topics
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.
Child-friendly museums for UK home educators
Bring home learning to life with a visit to one of the UK's best museums for families. Packed with opportunities to get hands-on with the exhibits, dress up, try some experiments and more, these venues come highly recommended by the most rigorous of critics: parents and children. You can also prepare for your visit by downloading the educational resources the museums provide, or joining special home-educator sessions.
Daily learning programme
Are you looking for daily inspiration to encourage your child’s love of learning? Do you want to develop their knowledge and skills with a structured programme of activities?
Introducing TheSchoolRun’s daily learning programme, suitable for parents of children aged 3-11 (equivalent to school years Nursery to Year 6).
Sign up for the programme and each weekday we’ll send you a bite-size email with easy-to-use ideas and resources to support your child's learning at home.
The programme runs for 6 months and is perfect for parents who have taken their children out of school for a period, those who are setting out on the home education journey or just parents who want daily activities to boost their child’s learning.
Targeted by age/school year, the programme includes a range of activities such as:
- English, maths or science worksheets to download and print.
- Interactive maths tutorials – our digital teacher will explain the method, show you examples and then give you a chance to practise what you've learned.
- Topic-themed learning packs and workbooks to explore.
- Fun activities and games you can do at home to keep your child busy.