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Does a Home School Teacher Have to be a Qualified Teacher?

By: Louise Tobias BA (hons) - Updated: 28 Apr 2015 | comments*Discuss
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Parents who decide their children would thrive with a home school education have usually examined the motivations and repercussions of home teaching in detail, but will tend to retain concerns about the actual practical process of themselves becoming a teacher. This article will look at the law surrounding their regulation and assessment of a teacher of a home school child.

I Want to Home School My Child: Do I Have to be a Qualified Teacher?

No, to educate a child at home, you do not need to be a qualified teacher. In fact, many home tutoring parents are surprised at the lack of regulation involved in the decision to home educate. Parents are not required to follow the National Curriculum with their home school child, and national tests like Key Stage tests are also non-compulsory.

The rules governing parents who are home tutoring their child state that a child must be given a full-time education suitable to their age, ability and aptitude, whether this is provided within school or 'education otherwise', a phrase which has been adopted by a group (Education Otherwise) which offers support and information for parents home schooling their child.

Parents who become their child's teacher do not need to follow a specific school timetable of a certain number of hours, days or terms of teaching per year. Some Local Educational Authorities (LEAs) may offer to provide help, support or guidance to parents starting as home teachers, such as National Curriculum materials that may help the parent to structure their child's education, if that is desired. Parents should contact their LEA directly to find out more about this possibility.

Otherwise, support groups such as the Home Education Advisory Service (HEAS) and Education Otherwise can provide advice on sourcing educational materials such as textbooks. Lesson and teaching ideas are available elsewhere on this site, too.

However, it is worth noting while making the decision whether to home school a child, especially if a parent is giving up their own career to do so, that just as parents who decide to educate their children in the private sector have to self fund this route, no funds are made available from central government for parents who make the decision to home school their child.

Assessment of Home Teachers

Just as students who are home educated do not have to undertake courses which lead to qualifications, like GCSE and A levels, or assessment tests such as Key Stage exams, home educators are not subject to assessment through SATs (Standard Assessment Tests that children in state education take in school years two, six and nine.

Parents have to provide their children with what is termed a 'suitable' education, but the nature and testing of that education is not defined. Some LEAs might visit home learning children to check up on their progress, as well as that of their teacher, but this depends on individual authorities, and will usually involve an informal check rather than a structured exam or testing session.

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@nikikinks. There are lots of forums and support groups out there. You can also get copies of past exams and detailed curriculum information. The BBC bitesize website is a great place to start and has links to other good resources.
AHomeEducation - 5-May-15 @ 2:26 PM
My 12 year old daughter was also bullied at school, I have SEN teaching assistant experience and am now home educating her. I find that having worked in KS3 I want to be more structured but find there is a lack of information to support me. I have been to the local library to collect revision books that the schools are using but is this enough?
nikincks - 28-Apr-15 @ 11:05 AM
@Chloe. You should ask your local authority for information in the first instance. The details of the school curriculum can be found at this government webpage and you'll find lots of online resources and books if you search the internet.
AHomeEducation - 2-Mar-15 @ 2:26 PM
please could you help me my 15year old daughter was getting bullied from 8year onwards after the many visits to the school we have had enough. she has struggled on with the school but enough is enough. she has taken her options Art History Spanish Performing Arts to go with Maths English Scienceplease could you let me know where to get all her coursework from many thanks Anita
chloe - 26-Feb-15 @ 2:27 PM
After reading horror stories and thinking back on my own life, I believe many children are overlooked and ignored in schools. Many times bullying is dismissed or children are to scared to talk about it. Bullying was one of our reasons to start homeschooling and we have no regrets after four years. There are many helpful resources on this website and many homeschooling groups that can help and give advice.
ukhomeschooling.com - 11-Feb-15 @ 12:25 PM
@Sox. We hope this website helps. Do also take advice of the many forums on the internet. Good luck
AHomeEducation - 8-Jan-15 @ 10:38 AM
I have decided after many problems with my 14 year old daughter to educate her at home after being bullied at school.we have tried everything to make her feel safe at school and she does not .would like some advice on home education as feel it would suit her needs better.
sox - 6-Jan-15 @ 11:03 AM
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