Do I have to follow the national curriculum?
What about socialisation?
There are so many opportunities for structured, unstructured, "academic" and purely social events that you would not be able to fit it all into your week.
However, parents are responsible for transportation and it is much easier to get to everything if you drive, as town centre venues are expensive to hire, so most events take place in cheaper venues.
Can my child still do GCSEs?
Yes. Your child can do GCSEs or IGCSEs exams (depending on the board, subject and specification)
Apart from art and design GCSEs.
Who do I tell if I want to begin home educating?
- If your child is preschool and you have not applied for a school place, you don't need to tell anyone.
- If your child is preschool but you have applied or received a school place, you need to decline your school place by notifying school admissions.
- If your child is already at a mainstream state school, then you just need to send a deregistration letter to the headteacher.
- If your child is at a state special school, then you will need permission from the local authority (although this should not be unreasonably withheld) before you can deregister.
- If your child is at a private school, then you need to notify the headteacher and it is possible you will have to give notice or pay fees in lieu of notice.
Do I have to fill in the form that I got from the council?
No. But it is advisable to respond to their enquiry. For more information, visit our page on dealing with the LA.
Do I have to meet anyone from the local authority?
When can I join the main NorthantsHE group?
If you are home-educating a child of at least 3 years of age who is not on a school roll (either having never been registered or having been subsequently deregistered) AND have met a current, existing member of the group, then you can request to be added to our facebook group or yahoo group.