Increase in Home Schooling in the UK



Home Schooling continues to gain momentum as home schooled students demonstrate success, both academically and socially. More and more parents are taking on the responsibility to educate their own children; not leaving it up to our schools.

Home Schooling can offer an exciting and successful approach to a child's learning and is beginning to earn a reputation in the UK as ‘education that works’.

It is estimated that over 50,000 children are now being Home Schooled in the UK … and the figure is rising by 80% per year.

The thought of Home Schooling may at first seem daunting, but most parents' apprehension is due to the fact that so little is widely understood about how home schooling works. There are many assumptions and misconceptions surrounding home schooling. The reality is that:

  • there is no set curriculum, nor prescribed hours, nor inspection to oversee children who are home-schooled.
  • there is a wealth of on-line teaching resources available to support home schooling, but very little provision for direct high quality teaching. Many families end up teaching their own children, or supplementing the teaching through the use of tutors.
  • Research has found “home-schooled children to be developing as well or better socially, emotionally, and psychologically than institutionally-schooled children.”

As generations of home schooled children grow up, some never having been to school, and move forward into further education, universities and employment, they are living proof of how successful it can be: a system that encourages the most gifted to flourish and a life-saver for some whose destiny in school may have been of academic failure, as their learning needs were not individually catered for.

This is the greatest advantage of home schooling; it gives parents the opportunity to create a tailor-made education; one that suits the learning needs of their child. Because of its flexibility, parents who home school have a choice about what, when, where and how their children learn.

We support an increasing number of families who have chosen home schooling. Each day now we receive a handful of enquiries looking for advice or for support. Some of the families we support have chosen home schooling for their child because they are dissatisfied by their local schools; others are seeking extra academic challenge for very academically, athletically or artistically gifted children; others have children with learning needs that a busy teacher cannot cater for; others have children who find the school environment too stressful for them to learn well and reach their potential.

Success in home schooling is found in the same way as success in school. Whoever we are, wherever we may be, we all need to experience the joy of achievement, our own and others … and then simply we need great teachers.

nice family of four home schooling

Why I Home school my Child? ... Mrs B, with son Josh, Bracknell

I'd never considered home schooling. Even though my oldest friend home schools her two children and she's relatively normal (although she is vegan), my mental image of home educated families was that they are, you know, a bit hippy, anti-establishment type people. Eccentric. Different. 

We decided to home school our 8-year-old son because he was bored with school, lacking any enthusiasm to learn, becoming easily distracted and lacking focus. We have not regretted the decision for a moment. Our son has simply flourished.

Throughout this first year of home schooling, we have used a Primary Teacher to tutor him directly for two days, about three hours each day. The teachers have also provided a structured programme for us, throughout each week and across the year. Our son has thrived on the one-to-one tuition and has progressed almost two years of work in a little over two terms.

As a family, we have relished the flexibility that this arrangement has also brought us. We can take "days off" when the sun shines and go to outside to experience some science in action, rather than just read about it. Our son learns through living. To an extent, he has more freedom to follow his own interests with us acting as facilitators.

My husband's main concern was socialisation and it was something I worried about a bit too - those preconceived ideas about home schooling also extended to the children either becoming horribly precocious or socially awkward. Children make friends at school because they happen to be at school. When they're out and about in other communities like home schooled children are, they make their friends there just as easily. My son has made many friends at his clubs (football and cricket) and around our village. There are always others children to be with. 'Socialisation' is not an issue at all when you home school as long as you are prepared to mix in the normal way you would in life anyway.

It's scary to step away from the norm but what made the decision easier for me - and certainly for my husband - was that, even though it is a big decision, it's not an irreversible one. But we are not thinking of changing anything yet ... home schooling at this time is working perfectly for us!


At its heart, we know that education is a simple thing.
Whoever we are, wherever we may be,
we all need to experience the joy of achievement, our own and others'
… and then we need great teachers.