The Best Home Education Resources and Curriculum
UK Home Education Resources
UK Home Education Resources to assist you in educating your child at home. When educating at home in the UK there is no need to follow the National Curriculum. However, if it is a possibility your child may attend school, college or further education in the future, it may be advisable.
There are a number of home education curriculums out there for you to try. Many are either completely free or offer free trials. This is a great option as it saves spending lots of money on something which may not work for you and your child!
However, it is not necessary to follow a curriculum at all!
It is also not necessary to do a ‘school day’. Although children attend school for 6 or so hours they probably only ‘work/learn something new’ for around 2-3 hours.
Remember that when home educating the sessions will be far more intense when there is only you and your child/children. In a school setting there are 30 or so children- learning and activities will take far longer and be less intense.
Founded in 1894, Wolsey Hall Oxford is one of the world’s most experienced home study and homeschooling online providers.
We’re proud to say that one of our students was Nelson Mandela, who studied for his London University law degree with Wolsey Hall whilst in Robben Island jail – an inspiration to home learners everywhere!
With their state-of-the-art online learning platform and an outstanding Tutor team, we’re delivering courses from Primary and Secondary and through to IGCSEand A Level to students in the UK and in over 100 countries around the world.
InterHigh School delivers a fully interactive British education to the comfort of your home or wherever you may be. Our unique online school offers the best in Primary, Secondary, IGCSE and A Level courses, delivered by expert teachers. We are able to offer you everything you expect from a school, plus a whole lot more!
This website boasts that it’s Maths and Englishh education costs as little as £12 a week!
First College provides an individualised high school education, in the classic British tradition, for children from 10 – 18 years. Classes are normally limited to a maximum of 15 Students.
Some general homeschool information about homeschooling in the UK.
A division of Oxford Open Learning. For families embarking on Home Schooling GCSEs.
Although home education is flexible and rewarding, it is not always easy. It is possible embrace the open nature of home education and still provide children with a useful platform for further education and employment. There are many resources available to support this style of home education.
Structured Home Learning provide lots of different home learning packs for a wide variety of UK year groups. Many of the packs cover the National Curriculum and the resources are sourced from publications available online and in stores. For example,their maths lessons are based on the Target Maths books. Packs cost between £309-£509 for the full yeear.
A progressive, co-educational, residential school, founded by A. S. Neill in 1921, where classes are optional and rules are determined by the students.
Other Helpful Resources
A2ZLearning: This site. Here you will find lots of information and resources that I have found helpful over 20 years of teaching and tutoring in the UK. Some are free, others you can get access to with Premium.
ICT Games: Maths and English games that your children can play on a tablet or computer. They cover a variety of learning objectives and are good fun.
Read, Write Inc: This scheme is written by Ruth Miskin- the Oxford Owl website has some resources to support your child’s learning. The site also has a collection of downloadable ebooks that you and your child can enjoy together. The site also has some great maths resources too.
Phonics Play: This site has different sections depending on whether you are a teacher or a parent and whether or not you have subscribed. Although there are not as many resources in the parent section they are still great resources to use to support your child’s learning.
Topmarks: This is full of games and resources on all subjects found in the primary curriculum. This has something for everyone.
TES: This page is mainly for teachers- it has resources made by teachers for teachers. Many of the resources you have to pay for but there are still some great free offerings on the site.
Twinkl: This site has various membership levels at different prices. The basic membership is free. The site is full of lesson plans, videos, and resources.
Storyline online: This is a great site for finding a story read by an author or famous personality. It is great reading stories to and with your children but sometimes it’s nice to be able to listen alongside each other. One of my favourites is a ‘Bad Case of Stripes’
White Rose Maths: This is a popular website with most schools. The site has information and resources on how maths is being taught in many UK schools. Some of the resources are free to download and use to support your child with their school work.
Success for all: this is an American phonics, reading, and writing scheme that some UK schools use. It has a series of phonetically coded reading books for the children to read. Many of these and other resources/support are on their website successforall.org.uk. If your child’s school uses this scheme this will allow you to access the books. If your child’s school does not use the scheme there is nothing stopping you from using them for extra practice!
PE sites- full of activity ideas to keep everyone fit and healthy!
Joe Wicks did many live PE sessions at 9am during the lockdowns. Many of these sessions can be found on youtube.
Or you could search youtube for Cosmic Kids, Yoga.
Here’s a list of some of the most popular curriculums. Many of these sites are American and therefore based on their education system- but they still contain many resources and ideas that are relevant to the UK system- and can be a good place to start whilst you become more confident.
Ambleside Online is a free home school curriculum designed closely to the curriculum Charlotte Mason used. The curriculum uses as many free online books as possible, and this is free to use this information and join the support group.
Mater Amabilis is a Charlotte Mason-style curriculum for Catholics, covering pre-Kindergarten to 8th Grade (ages 4-14).
This is a completely free Christian home school curriculum.
Most US states offer some type of online public school courses to resident students. Some states offer full online high school diploma programs, while others offer a limited number of virtual courses.
Here you can find online courses and resources for trade and academic subjects commonly found in the curriculum followed by traditional schools and universities (the site is being updated 1/2/21).
A K-5 curriculum with over 900 weekly topic units containing free educational resources found on the web.
One of the most popular virtual public school programs in the US for homeschooling grades K-12.
Another popular US public school free homeschooling curriculum programs.