Homeschooling, Bedford

What is homeschooling? 

Although the clue is in the name, homeschooling is often misperceived as set structure of a parent teaching their own child, in their own home. In fact, homeschooling is the term used to explain the education of a child anywhere other than ‘school’. A child may be home educated at home, and/or in several different places, such as tuition centres and local home education centres. In many instances it is the parent who takes on the role of teacher; however, a tutor or an online teacher may also be involved in a home educated child’s learning. 

Why do people choose to homeschool their children? 

The most observed reasons that a family opt to home educate involve a strong dissatisfaction with local schools, or a desire to have a greater involvement in a child’s learning and development. 
Many parents feel that their child has been failed by the schooling system due to their individual needs not being met. Often concerns arise due to issues such as bullying, racism, poor quality of education, or an inability to cater for children with special educational needs or disability. 
Parents may also be motivated by an interest in determining the curriculum taught to their child. Parents may prefer to design an education which reflects their child’s own strengths and abilities, a moral or religious position, or allows their children to spend more time simply being a child and learning naturally. 
However, the reasons to opt for home education are by no means limited to the above. Young athletes, actors and musicians may choose homeschooling as it coincides more conveniently with their training/rehearsal schedule. Furthermore, home education may act as a constant for families who frequently travel, live abroad, or live in very rural locations. 
Homeschooling is not the perfect solution for everyone, in fact the prospect can often be very daunting! However, it is an incredibly versatile and personal experience which caters to a child’s specific needs, allowing them to thrive in education. 

How do you begin the process homeschooling process? 

In order to formally start the homeschooling process, you must first deregister your child from their current school. Send a letter/email to the headmaster requesting that they remove your child from the register. Include a specific date from when this should happen, stating that you intend to home educate from this point onwards. 
You may also choose to send a copy of this letter to your local Elective Home Education Officer, who will contact you once your child is officially deregistered. 
Next, you need to consider your child’s curriculum. You may wish to follow the National Curriculum; however, this is not mandatory. Many parents will at least use the NC as a framework, helping them to choose subjects to include, and to measure their child’s achievements. If there is a possibility that your child may return to school in the future, it is wise to note what is taught in schools to aid their reintegration into the schooling system. 
It will then be your responsibility to arrange and pay for your child’s exams; however, there is lots of support available. Many local schools allow home educated children to sit their exams with them, your local Elective Home Education Officer can help you find out which schools offer this service. 

Top Tips for homeschooling 

1) Join local and national Facebook groups/ advice forums. It’s easy to feel alone and isolated when you choose to home educate your child. Not only will you be able to access some great tips – you will find comfort in having a large support network and realising you are not alone! 
2) Check out local organisations/ charities and find out what funding is available to your child. Perhaps you don’t have the time to educate your child yourself, or perhaps you are worried about your abilities to provide a varied curriculum… this is normal! It does not mean that home education cannot work for you. There are a growing number of places which offer specific programmes for home educated children! 
3) Understand your child’s learning style. As you can now tailor your child’s education, why not get them to take an online test to decipher the style which enables your child to learn most efficiently? 
4) Be prepared to adapt! No one said that homeschooling a child would be easy. No matter how your child’s home education takes place, it is bound to have its challenges. Don’t be disheartened – see the opportunity as a learning experience for both you and your child together! 
Here at Marvellous Minds Tuition Centre, we offer a bespoke and flexible homeschooling solution. We understand the importance of tailoring a child’s education to their specific needs to help them achieve their best! We would love for you to come in for an initial meeting to discuss how we can help you and your child along your home education journey. 
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