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How to Fund Home Schooling in the UK

At SLT we are often asked if parents get paid to home school their child? The answer is generally ‘no’; home schooling in the UK is a choice made by parents for the flexibility and the long term benefits it can offer.

There is currently no government funding for home schooling available in the UK. The Department of Education says that if you choose to teach your child at home, you have to take on the financial responsibility for doing so. In this article outline we look at different ways to help fund your child’s education.

What are the costs for Home Schooling if you use private tutors?

At Simply Learning Tuition, we see home schooling as a completely holistic and supportive experience. We offer a bespoke timetable to suit your child’s needs, a tutor, or tutors, who blends seamlessly into your family. Monthly costs for home schooling are typically between £3,500 and £7,000 depending on the number of subjects tutored and number of hours, you can see more details about these costs in our Home School Packages page. You can easily increase or decrease the number of hours or change your child’s schedule as needed. We can also create the best possible programme for families within a specific budget if required to offer as much flexibility as possible.

How to manage the costs of Home Schooling if you don’t use professional private tutors?

There are several ways to home school without using professional tutors introduced by an agency:

  1. Use cheaper, ‘online’ tutors who advertise on job boards. With private tutors, you generally, ‘get what you pay for’ and we recommend that you read the About Us section of our website to get an idea of the high standards we always adhere to when selecting tutors. As a minimum, we recommend that you take the following precautions;
    1. Insist on an enhanced DBS and that the tutor is signed up to the update service
    2. Ask for references for HOME SCHOOL tuition they have delivered. This is very different to regular after school tuition
    3. Interview them carefully and ensure they are aligned with your core values – the ability to determine the learning environment is after all, one of the main reasons for home schooling
    4. Ensure they are sufficiently well qualified not to require any supervision, direction or control from you (otherwise you may inadvertently become their employer, and be liable for PAYE, holiday pay etc.)
    5. Delegate responsibilities – who will register for exams, who will prepare reporting and assessment tracking?
    6. Most importantly of all, ensure that your child likes them
  2. Find a group of children in your area (or online) to create a home schooling group who could be taught by one professional tutor.
  3. There is also the possibility for SEN students to receive funding through their Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP), which you can apply to through your local authority. You can receive a personal budget which allows you to decide on how to spend the money on support for you child. One of the ways in which you can spend this money is through specialist teaching.

Does Home Schooling affect my state benefits?

Although there is no specific home schooling funding in the UK, it does not affect universal credit or your claim to child benefits – provided you deliver a full time home school experience. There are flexibilities within universal credit when it comes to looking for paid work and everyone is treated the same when it comes to universal credit, home schooled or not. Although, home schooling does still need to be considered the full-time option of schooling by your local council if you wish to claim your normal child benefits (up until you child reaches 20 years of age).

However, there are other options, for example there have been Government emergency funds for children with Special Educational Needs. During lockdown, there were emergency funds put in place for both home schooled and schooled children with special educational needs. The government set up a £10 million fund to help around 19,000 children. Along with this, there is the Family Fund, which is the largest UK charity providing funds to disabled or critically ill children. This is something that is available all year round for low income families in this position, receiving up to £400-£500 for the cost of equipment and services, they are estimated to help over 75,000 families by next year.

Home schooling with SLT

SLT has a range of home schooling packages where a tutor, or team of private tutors is introduced to your family to do all of the teaching. This can be tailored to your family’s precise needs. We have more than a decade’s experience of creating effective programmes, either online or in person teaching, all over the world. We take care of all the details, including tutor selection and management, exam entrance and support for the next steps.

You may also find it helpful to read some of our home schooling case studies, to see how other families have used tutors to make the process seamless and efficient.

If you would like to discuss your family’s home schooling requirements, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.