What does my child need to be taught?
Home schooling families are not bound by the national curriculum. You may have a moral objection to some part of the curriculum and choose to skip this. You may feel that some subjects are more important than others – perhaps you may choose to place more of an emphasis on languages or music than a formal school would. Here at Little Arthur, for example, we tailor our courses to have an ecological slant where possible (we were green long before it was cool!)
If you are trying to satisfy your education authority that you are providing a suitable education for your child, though, it is a good idea to make sure you can show that you are giving them the essentials for getting by in society in this country.
- They need to be able to read
- They need to be able to communicate in writing
- They need to be able to do at least basic maths.
Once your child goes out into the world of work it is likely that they will find a lot of doors closed to them if they don’t have (or can’t get) GCSEs or equivalent in Maths and English, so it is well worth working towards this level with your child.
If you are homeschooling for practical, rather than ideological reasons (for example, due to health, issues with bullying or location) then you may find it easiest to follow the National Curriculum. This gives a structure for your teaching, and working through it will also serve as useful evidence for the Education Authority that you are actively educating your child, as well as making it easier for your child to transition back into mainstream school should circumstances change. All our KS3 packs follow the National Curriculum.