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With 5 million children worldwide being home educated, including an estimated 50,000 to 100,000 in the UK, which is also estimated to rise by 80% annually, more parents are exercising their right to educate their children themselves.

Following feedback we have had from the Home Education community we wish to be clear that taking a course such as this one is not a legal requirement for those wanting to home educate and also that all the information required can be found online across various websites and in supportive groups and forums. This course has been created in order to provide additional support to existing Home Educators should they find this helpful, as well as give potential newcomers to Home Education a head start by providing this information and advice in one place.

The Home Education Diploma Course helps students to understand how to go about educating their children themselves. The comprehensive materials will answer most, if not all, of your questions about the topic, including: the pros and cons of home schooling, the methods, learning styles, and materials you can use to teach, and how to prepare lessons and assess understanding, along with answers to common questions, advice for common issues, and considerations that are worth making before educating your child at home.

Who Would Benefit from the Course?

Written by a Home Educator, for Home Educators, the Home Education Diploma Course is an excellent resource for parents who have been considering home schooling their child/children, as this course will answer their questions and provide a useful guide on how to get started. It is also ideal for parents who are already educating their children from home and want to improve or consolidate their existing teaching skills and experience.

What You'll Learn from the Home Education Diploma Course

  1. Home Education
  2. Benefits & Negatives of Home Education
  3. The Spectrum of Home Education
  4. Learning Styles
  5. Materials & Resources
  6. Preparing Lessons
  7. Mastery, Testing, Grades & University
  8. Myths & Questions about Home Education
  9. Tips, Suggestions & Advice
  10. Considering Home Education
  • Conclusion
  • National Curriculum

The 1st module of the course quickly answers any questions you may have on how to begin home schooling your child, as well as letting you know what is required of you to do so and informing you of any educational bodies who you may, or may not, need to inform of your decision.

As with any decision, it is necessary to consider the pros and cons. Module 2 of the Home Education Diploma Course outlines the positives, as well as the negatives, so that parents can make an informed decision on whether this is the best fit for them and their children.

'Home Education' does not mean one single way of teaching a child, but is rather a spectrum term that includes many different methods and theories to provide an education that fits their child. Module 3 discusses that various common methods that are used.

As a home educator, you can adapt your teaching to the way your child learns, so that they gain the most from the learning experience. Module 4 of the Home Education Diploma Course covers the various ways of learning, going through each of the following: Visual / Spatial, Verbal / Linguistic, Aural (Auditory/Musical), Physical / Kinaesthetic, Solitary (Intrapersonal), Social (Interpersonal), Logical / Mathematics, and Naturalist learning.

You will need materials and resources with which to teach. Fortunately, you can pick and choose from all the materials available in the world. The 5th module teaches parents about some of the more common types of materials and suggests other ways that lessons can be taught, to give a more involved learning experience.

Although the need to plan each lesson is not as great as in traditional education (as you will not be teaching 20-30 children), some lessons achieve their intention more succinctly by being planned. Module 6 of the Home Education Diploma Course talks about which lessons lend themselves well to being planned and provides several lesson plans covering different subjects, for parents to use and adapt to fit their children's needs.

While tests and quizzes can be set to home schooled children, they are not a necessity, as long the children can prove they have mastery over the given subject, which can be assessed in other ways. The same is true of grading. The 7th module of the course discusses this, along with how home educated students can continue into further education – attending college and/or university.

You may still have a number of questions on the subject of home education. Module 8 lists some of the most common questions and answers them in-depth; dispelling the myths and incorrect beliefs surrounding the topic.

To compliment what has been learned in the Home Education Diploma Course so far, the 9th module provides parents with tips, suggestions, and advice, including important safeguarding considerations, that will help when you come up against particular problems or situations.

As the person who will be responsible for your children's education, you need to be sure that it is the right choice, not only for your child/children and your family but also for you. The final module of the course talks parents through additional research, considerations, and questions you should ask yourself before making the decision to home educate.

The course ends with a conclusion and, although it is not a necessity for home educated children, a National Curriculum is also included, should some wish to use it as a way of determining when certain skills should be taught or learned.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Home Education Diploma Course will take you up to 150 hours to complete working from home. There is no time limit for completing this course, it can be studied in your own time at your own pace. The course comes with a course assessment in the form of quizzes, written questions and short essays, once you have completed your course assessment please email or post it back to us for marking, you will then receive your feedback and certificates.

This course is certified by the IANLPC (International Association of NLP & Coaching) and the IAHT (International Alliance of Holistic Therapists), both of which are internationally recognised organisations. The IAHT certify personal development, health, fitness and nutrition courses. The IANLPC is a global support network for NLP Professionals and coaches, including the fields of Life Coaching, Hypnotherapy Business Coaching, Leadership, Nutritional, CBT, Personal Development and Holistic Therapy.

Course Syllabus

Module 1: Home Education

  • Notifications Required to Home Educate
  • De-registering from school
  • Difficulties De-Registering
  • LEA
  • Flexi-schooling
  • Assessment: Home Education (Module 1)

Module 2: Benefits & Negatives of Home Education

  • Benefits of Home Education
    • Academics, Learning Style & Flexibility
    • More & Better Family Time
    • Practical Skills
    • Cost Savings
    • Variety of Socialization
    • More Experiences = More Happiness
    • Ability to choose exams
    • Reducing peer pressure
    • Safety
    • Religious Instruction
  • Negatives of Home Education
  • Assessment: Benefits & Negatives of Home Education (Module 2)

Module 3: The Spectrum of Home Education

  • Home Education Spectrum
    • Traditional or School at Home
    • Interest-Led
    • Classical
    • Unit Study
    • Montessori
    • Charlotte Mason
    • Waldorf
    • Thomas Jefferson or Leadership Education
  • Flexible Education Case Studies
    • The Jones Family
    • The Smiths
    • The Williams Family
  • Flexible or Interest-Led Learning Concerns
  • Assessment: Home Education Spectrum (Module 3)

Module 4: Learning Styles

  • Visual / Spatial learning
  • Verbal / Linguistic
  • Aural (auditory/musical) learning
  • Physical / Kinesthetic
  • Solitary (intrapersonal)
  • Social (interpersonal)
  • Logical / Mathematics
  • Naturalist
  • Naturally Speaking
  • Assessment: Learning Styles (Module 4)

Module 5: Materials & Resources

  • Curriculum Set
  • Computer based curriculum
  • Resources
  • Assessment: Materials & Resources (Module 5)

Module 6: Preparing Lessons

  • Preparing for Home Educating
  • Parts of a Plant or Tree (Science, Reading)
  • Addition & Subtraction to 20 (Math)
  • Carnivorous Plants (Science, Reading)
  • Punctuation: Sentences (English, Reading, Writing, Grammar)
  • Siphons (Science, Reading)
  • Punctuation: Commas in a list (English, Reading, Grammar)
  • Pizza Fractions (Math, Art)
  • Punctuation: Apostrophes (English)
  • Producers & Consumers (Science)
  • The Human Circulatory System (Science, Health, Reading)
  • Counties & Cities of United Kingdom (History)
  • Parts of an Electrical Circuit (Science, Lab)
  • Assessment: Lesson Planning (Module 6)

Module 7: Mastery, Testing, Grades & University

  • Mastery
  • Grades
  • University
  • Assessment: Mastery, Testing, Grades & University (Module 7)

Module 8: Myths & Questions about Home Education

  • Is it legal?
  • Do I need to be a teacher?
  • Do I need to know everything (or a lot) to home educate?
  • I am not qualified to teach my child.
  • My child won't learn the right things.
  • There will be gaps in my child's education.
  • All home education families are exactly alike.
  • My kids won't socialize.
  • Kids need school to make friends.
  • Parents only choose to home educate for religious reasons.
  • All kids love traditional school and will miss it.
  • If I pull my kids out of school to home educate, they'll never be able to go back.
  • What if my child wants to learn something I don't want to teach?
  • If we home educate, my kids will never get into a good university.
  • Home education is for everyone.
  • Home educating is hard!
  • Who can home educate?
  • How much does it cost to home educate?
  • Who home educates?
  • Why home educate?
  • What do you do all day?
  • How will I know if my child is learning?
  • How do I know which materials and resources to use?
  • How do I home educate children of different ages?
  • Assessment: Myths & Questions about Home Education (Module 8)

Module 9: Tips, Suggestions & Advice

  • Live in the Real World
  • Decompress
  • Acceptance
  • Trust
  • Patience
  • Resourcefulness
  • Teach the Kids Together
  • Support
  • Defender of Home Education
  • Doubt & Questions
  • Other Tips
  • Set Realistic Goals
  • Example Educational Goals
  • Assessment Module 9: Tips, Suggestions & Advice

Module 10: Considering Home Education

  • Module 10 Assessment


National Curriculum

  • English
    • English Year 1
    • English Year 2
    • English Years 3 & 4
    • English Years 5 & 6
  • Maths
    • Maths Year 1
    • Maths Year 2
    • Maths Year 3
    • Maths Year 4
    • Maths Year 5
    • Maths Year 6
  • Science
    • Science Year 1
    • Science Year 2
    • Science Year 3
    • Science Year 4
    • Science Year 5
    • Science Year 5
  • Art and design
    • Art and design Years 1 & 2 (Key stage 1)
    • Art and design Years 3 to 6 (Key stage 2)
  • Computing
    • Computing Years 1 & 2 (Key stage 1)
    • Computing Years 3 to 6 (Key stage 2)
  • Design and technology
    • Design and technology Years 1 & 2 (Key stage 1)
    • Design and technology Years 3 to 6 (Key stage 2)
  • Geography
    • Geography Years 1 & 2 (Key stage 1)
    • Geography Years 3 to 6 (Key stage 2)
  • History
    • History Years 1 & 2 (Key stage 1)
    • History Years 3 to 6 (Key stage 2)
  • Foreign Languages
    • Foreign Languages Years 3 to 6 (Key stage 2)
  • Music
    • Music Years 1 & 2 (Key stage 1)
    • Music Years 3 to 6 (Key stage 2)
  • Physical Education
    • Physical Education Years 1 & 2 (Key stage 1)
    • Physical Education Years 3 to 6 (Key stage 2)
  • Swimming and water safety (Key stage 1 or 2)

Our courses include comprehensive support, should you require any assistance. You can contact our friendly course advisers by telephone or by email.

Contact Details

Continued Learning

All course delegates are welcome to attend our regular, ongoing learning and inspirational events. We also hold regular inspirational events in Manchester and London for all students studying any of our courses. The events are a great way to watch live demonstrations of different techniques, learn new skills, have a practice with other students and to meet your tutors. Once you've signed up for any of our courses you will receive details of our different monthly events via email. If you cannot attend our events you can watch a live streaming of the event on our tv channel.

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