Did you know that we offer homeschooling services at My Language Lab? Our tutors have years of experience helping homeschooled children reach their goals in KS3/GCSE/a level English, French, and Spanish, and the average grade increase of our KS3, GCSE and A level students is 2.0 points.
Homeschooling is an increasingly more popular choice in the UK as more parents decide to register their children for home education out of concerns about the effects of the pandemic on traditional school education.
During lockdown, most families had to adapt to homeschooling and many found that it was actually beneficial. For many, it’s become a long-term commitment, as they noticed that their child was happier with a learning plan that suits them, their goals and needs better.
The choice to homeschool can be life-changing in many ways, although not all of them are positive — the time and planning that must be dedicated to it can be hard to face for working parents. Moreover, concerns about meeting national standards in exams like English GCSE can cause stress to all family members. Finally, many worry that the cost of learning support and social activity groups will be too challenging.
That’s why we put together this straightforward guide to homeschooling and making the best out of private tutoring, complete with a Q and A section with the most common questions answered. You will also find clear information about our homeschooling tutor team and how they can help your child progress and face English GCSE (or KS3 English, Spanish, French, and more) assessments with confidence.
There are plenty of reasons why UK families love homeschooling. As with all learning styles and routines, it’s not for everyone — but neither is traditional school education!
At My Language Lab, we believe that there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to learning. Each student (adults and children alike) is unique and has unique needs and passions. When you’re able to tap into that uniqueness and really help learners connect with the subject (yes, even Maths or English GCSE) on a personal level, that’s where the magic happens!
If homeschooling is right for your child, you’ll soon start seeing positive change. This may take many forms: for example, better progress in their KS3 studies or amazing GCSE exam results, or a more positive attitude towards learning and less stress in their daily life.
Here are some of the benefits of homeschooling that can help your child thrive:
Homeschooling is on the rise. The BBC did the math — More than 40,000 pupils were formally taken out of school in the UK between September 2020 and April 2021, compared to the 23,000 homeschooling registrations recorded during the previous 2 years. That’s a national increase of 75%, with some areas like north-west England recording a 93% rise.
Starting to homeschool your children in the UK is quite straightforward, bot the school and council will be able to give you all the information you need.
Normally, if your child is enrolled in full-time study at school, you first have to notify the headteacher in writing.
You can opt for full-time or part-time homeschooling (meaning that your kids will still spend part of their time in class) but the latter isn’t always available.
The school will deregister your child and inform the local council, but you may want to check that this has been done correctly for peace of mind. The council may request to schedule an informal visit to check that you’re educating your child to their age and ability.
The national curriculum to follow to homeschool your kids will vary depending on where you live. You’ll be able to find more information on the government website.
In general, the national curriculum for homeschooling is extremely flexible, there’s no need for you to follow what teachers are doing in class.
In fact, take homeschooling as an opportunity to adapt study time to your child’s individual needs and passions: what are they most interested in? What learning activities do they enjoy the most? What are the areas they need to improve?
Unlike rigid school curriculums, homeschooling programmes work around your child so there’s no need to rush. Of course, there are core subjects like English, Maths, Science, and History that your child must be confident in.
If you’re worried about preparing your child for English GCSE or helping them get stellar Maths results, start from research and planning.
Choose an exam board (QA, Edexel, etc.) and ask them for information. You will also find plenty of past and mock exam papers online so that you can understand the test.
Make a plan so that you know what to cover and when and how to revise months in advance.
Consider hiring a homeschool tutor if you want expert advice and guidance from a professional who specialises in helping homeschooled children succeed in their exams.
Remember that you’ll have to book the exams and register your children in time.
Our homeschool tutors will work with you to ensure not only academic excellence but also to increase the cultural awareness, confidence and overall wellbeing of your child.
Here’s how it works:
Moreover, our homeschool tutoring services include:
We offer homeschooling tuition for pupils learning English, French, and Spanish. We can help homeschooled students with:
In 2021, 94% of our GCSE students scored 7-9 grades and 100% of our A level students got A grades. All UCAS applicants were accepted into their top-choice universities.
Book a call to find out how we can help!
Homeschooling is increasingly more popular in the UK, and many report quick and remarkable improvements after the change. Homeschooling is particularly beneficial for:
Remember that if you’re not sure whether full-time homeschooling is right for your child, you can always start part-time if the school offers this.
Start the day with an energising and fun activity like exercise. Since kids are more attentive in the morning, consider covering the core and ‘harder’ subjects (like GCSE English or Maths) before lunch.
Try to have a schedule but make the best of the flexibility that homeschooling gives you and enjoy breaks, walks, and fieldtrips.
Absolutely, there’s no formal requirement for you to have teacher training to homeschool your kids.
However, if you feel that you need help and advice:
It’s normal to have more arguments when spending more time together, and all kids will try and test their parent/teacher’s limits from time to time. Be patient and especially, don’t be hard on yourself. Try to:
It can be cheaper than you think! Between online and second hand, school material doesn’t have to be expensive, and you won’t have to worry about the school uniform and transport.
We try and make our English, French, and Spanish homeschooling tuition as affordable as possible for parents. Get in touch to get a quote.