Parents may choose home education (also known as education otherwise than at school or elective home education) for different reasons.
A decision to educate otherwise than at school may come from a parental desire to shape their child’s education around spiritual, religious or cultural aspects of the families life.
Some parents may feel that their child’s experience of mainstream school is not beneficial to them.
If a parent, carer, or legal guardian has, or is responsible for, a child of statutory school age, they are required by law to ensure that child receives an education suitable to the child’s age, ability, aptitude and any special educational needs she or he may have whether at school, or otherwise.
Parents can use a range of resources to assist them with the education of their child.
The education provided should:
- Primarily equip a child for life within the community of which she or he is a member as long as it does not foreclose the child’s options in later years to adopt some other form of life if she or he wishes to do so
- Offer opportunities for physical, social, spiritual and cultural development
Parents may use these resources to bring about the most efficient and suitable education provision:
- Funding private tutors
- Using the internet including educational websites
- Visiting libraries, museums and other sites of education with their child
- Getting support from education otherwise groups
- Buying educational books and tests from reputable book shops
- Engaging the child in creative and sporting activities