Homeschooling and private tuition

Homeschooling (sometimes called home learning or home education) is teaching children at home, often by parents but frequently supported by a private tutor.  Some private tutors carry out full time homeschooling instead of parents. Homeschooling in the UK is a legal alternative to your child attending a state, public or private school. It is estimated there are somewhere between 20 and 80,000 home educated children in the UK.

Why homeschool?

Here are the some of the reasons we’ve heard from parents:

–          Bad school environment, or a particularly bad local school

–          Bullying in school

–          To achieve better grades and results

–          Religious reasons

–          A feeling that it will develop a strong independent personality

–          Unable to afford private education but value the smaller class sizes

–          The one on one attention afforded by home education

–          Objecting to what is taught in school

–          A lifestyle/parenting choice

–          Not living near a school

–          Child has a long term health condition

How does it work?

As we mentioned above it’s often the parents who do the teaching but they sometimes work hand in hand with a private tutor or a tutor does the teaching.

×        You don’t need to be a qualified teacher to teach your children at home

×        You don’t need to follow the National Curriculum

×        You don’t need to have a set timetable or structure

×        You don’t need to carry out Key Stage or Standard Assessment Tests.

But…

1. You do have to ensure your child receives efficient full time education suitable to their age, ability and aptitude and any special educational needs they may have  (Section 7 of the Education Act 1996).

2. Many Local Education Authorities (LEAs) offer help and guidance on homeschooling and they are websites and forums where homeschooling parents exchange information and ideas (Education http://www.education-otherwise.org, http://www.home-education.org.uk and http://home-ed.info.

3. You are free to use libraries, different publishers’ resources and distance and online learning.

4. There are a growing number of local homeschooling groups which can help with the social and outing side of education.

At 121 Home Tutors we have primary and secondary level tutors who specialise in daytime tutoring. These tutors cover most subjects at primary and secondary level including essentials like Maths and English. If you’re a homeschooling parent then you might particularly struggle with subjects you didn’t study at a higher level at school – so for whatever reason you didn’t do Geography or History GCSE or O Levels. This is exactly where a private tutor can be a godsend, they can bring their expert knowledge to fill in any gaps you have and ensure your child is get the rounded educational experience you want for them.

If you’re looking for a private tutor who specialises in daytime or homeschooling tuition in Manchester and Cheshire (covering all primary and secondary subjects including English and Maths) then give us a call.

We have tutors who specialise in daytime tutoring, in areas across Manchester and Cheshire including Didsbury, Stretford, Sale, Urmston and Wilmslow. Call today and we can help you find the right tutor.

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6 Responses to “Homeschooling and private tuition”

  1. Rachel Mamelok says:

    I am looking for a tutor to home school my 13 year old son. He is currently in year 9 but due to health reasons is having to leave school for the foreseable future.

    I live 2 miles from knutsford in Mobberley
    I am looking for midweek tuition.

  2. Alison says:

    Hi – thanks for your enquiry I have emailed you a response re subjects needed. Regards

  3. paige jackson says:

    I am 15 years old and in year 10, me and my father have both been lookin into getting me a private tutor. We both think that home schooling is the best option as I will get more attention and hopefully better GCSE’s

    I live in Salford, Manchester and my father and I would love if you could contact us with more information, thank you.

  4. Alison says:

    Hi – things to consider when considering home schooling include the GCSE syllabus you follow (and then issues such as what arrangements will you make for sitting the exams and, where applicable, controlled assessments and practical tests), the resources available and how effective you will be studying on your own (as this can need a lot of self motivation). Yes, with tuition you will have more attention but school for some is useful for social interactions and peer support. There is of course also the cost implications with hiring private tutors. We of course would be happy to discuss further if you decided to go down the home school route, or if you just decide to have extra help to supplement school work.

  5. Becky says:

    Hi.
    I’m a tutor down south. I’ve been doing evening and weekend tutoring but I would love to tutor during the day as well. Do you have any tips on how I can connect with parents who are looking for daytime tutoring? I’m in south east England (so some distance from you)

  6. Alison says:

    Hi – what is it you tutor? A level/college students often have free periods during the day when they can come for tuition so that can be just a case of asking.

    In other year groups daytime tuition is rarer and harder to find and parents i think are more likely to look via agencies as the child is more likely to not be at school (for whatever reason) and so contact with teachers/other students for word of mouth recommendations is limited.

    You may find this agency in your area – http://www.homeschooltutoring.co.uk

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