How to start homeschooling: a starting guide

A quick guide on how to start homeschooling.

So, you're considering homeschooling? 

Whether it's driven by recent circumstances or a long-standing desire for a different approach to education, embarking on the journey of homeschooling requires careful consideration and planning. In this guide, we'll walk you through the essentials of getting started with homeschooling in the UK.

The pros and cons of homeschooling

Before diving into the world of homeschooling, it's essential to consider the advantages and disadvantages it offers. Here's our quick breakdown:


  • Customised learning: Tailoring the curriculum to suit your child's learning style, pace, and interests.

  • Flexible schedule: The freedom to set your schedule, allowing for family holidays, educational trips and other enriching experiences.

  • Closer family bonds: Spending more time together as a family can strengthen relationships and foster a deeper connection.

  • Individualised attention: Providing one-on-one attention can help address your child's specific academic needs and challenges.

  • Safe learning environment: Ensuring a safe and supportive learning environment, free from bullying or other negative influences.

  • Opportunities for exploration: Encouraging exploration and creativity through hands-on learning experiences tailored to your child's interests.

  • Higher academic achievement: Research suggests that home-schooled students sometimes outperform their peers academically.


  • Limited socialisation: Home-schooled children may have fewer opportunities to interact with peers, potentially impacting their social development.

  • Isolation: Parents may feel isolated or overwhelmed without the support of a school community.

  • Time and financial commitment: Homeschooling requires a significant investment of time and resources, including curriculum materials, extracurricular activities, and potential tutoring expenses.

  • Lack of accreditation: Some colleges and universities may have specific requirements or reservations about accepting home-schooled students.

  • Parental burnout: Balancing the roles of parent and teacher can be challenging, leading to burnout or strain on family relationships.

  • Limited resources: Depending on your location and access to resources, you may encounter limitations in terms of curriculum options, extracurricular activities, and support services.

  • Legal requirements: Meeting the legal requirements for homeschooling, including documentation, reporting, and compliance with state regulations, can be time-consuming and complex.

Considering these pros and cons can help you make an informed decision about whether homeschooling is the right choice for your family.

How to homeschool

Getting started with homeschooling involves setting up your learning environment, creating a structured schedule, selecting a curriculum, and staying motivated. Whether you're teaching multiple children or focusing on one, organisation and adaptability are key.

Homeschooling rules in the UK

In the UK, parents have the right to educate their children at home, but they must ensure that their child receives a full-time education suitable to their age, ability, aptitude, and any special educational needs they may have. Understanding the legal requirements and obligations is essential for compliant homeschooling.

Homeschooling resources for the UK

Fortunately, there are abundant resources available to support home-schooling families. From online platforms offering free educational materials to local support groups and co-ops, tapping into these resources can enrich your homeschooling journey. Additionally, consider the benefits of tutoring as part of your home-schooling setup, providing personalised support and guidance tailored to your child's needs.

Here are a couple of helpful resources to get you started:

Starting the homeschooling journey

Starting the journey of homeschooling can be both challenging and rewarding. By weighing the pros and cons, understanding the legal requirements, and tapping into available resources and support networks, you can create a fulfilling educational experience for your child. Whether you choose to incorporate tutoring services or utilise free online resources, remember that every child's learning journey is unique. 

With dedication, flexibility, and a supportive community, you can embark on this educational adventure with confidence.

Support homeschooling with Explore Learning

At Explore Learning we support many families that have chosen to homeschool their children. Our expert tutors can provide personalised tuition to keep your child's learning on track. 

Additionally, we offer a wealth of resources and advice to help first-time homeschoolers navigate this exciting educational path. With Explore Learning, you can ensure that your child receives the support they need to thrive academically.

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