Resources to help you home educate

There are a number of printed and online resources that you can use, and groups you can get involved with to help you provide an education to your child. You can join local groups to meet with other parents who educate their children at home.

As with all resources, please explore them to see whether they suit your child and their learning style.

Please note that we are not responsible for the content of external websites.

Education advice

  • Advisory Centre for Education - independent advice for parents on education issues
  • Department of Education - responsible for education and children's services in England
  • Education Otherwise - a UK charity offering information and support to home educating families
  • Home Education Advisory Service - dedicated to the provision of advice and practical support for families who wish to educate their children at home in preference to sending them to school
  • Human Scale Education -  Educational charity promoting small alternative schools, small classes and home education where children and young people are known and valued as individuals.
  • National Curriculum - The national curriculum sets out the programmes of study and attainment targets for all subjects at all 4 key stages.
  • Step Education - for families who experience interruptions to education due to travelling or cultural reasons.

Resources

  • Emporium Plus - join Emporium Plus (previously named Treasure Chest) to gain access to boxes of learning resources to support children in the early years foundation stage and key stage one.
  • Kent Children’s University - Kent Children's University provides all children aged 5-14 years with the opportunity to take part in exciting and creative learning activities outside of the normal school day.
  • Libraries - join the library to get free access to over 2 million books, eBooks, audiobooks and online resources.
    • Find out about events and activities in your local library.
    • Library members can access our online reference library including homework resources.

Outdoor schools

  • Fir Tree Forest School
  • Outdoor Schools - All areas of the curriculum can be delivered using the outdoors, children offered regular outdoor learning opportunities often become active participants in their own learning and take ‘ownership’ of their own local natural environments.

Virtual schools

  • FLAGS - Weekly meets in Edenbridge for family learning & group support, plus events in Kent, Sussex, Surrey and London
  • KAL - Kent and London home educators support group
  • ASD home education Medway & Kent - group for parents/carers of ASD/Asperger’s children who are educating them 'otherwise' i.e. Home Education or Flexi-schooling
  • HE-Omega - group of HE families dedicated to supporting and enriching the facilities and opportunities available to Home Educators in and around the Maidstone and Medway area and the county of Kent.
  • DragonflyKidz - Home education group for East Kent and coastal areas
  • Folkestone & Coastal home educators - a supportive & friendly group for HE families in Folkestone and the surrounding coastal areas.

A list of helpful text and web based resources for download or purchase.

Text based resources

Web based resources

Visit our guide to elective home education for more details about what to teach, how to get started and how we can help you.

A list of helpful text and web based resources for download or purchase.

Text based resources

Web based resources

Visit our guide to elective home education for more details about what to teach, how to get started and how we can help you.

Days out and educational visits

Please visit the Kent Attractions website for a list of educational visits.

Other information

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  • Child employment - for parents and employers on child employment and how to apply for the child work permit.
  • Children in entertainment - if a child of school age or below is involved in performances, they must be licensed and properly chaperoned.
  • How to talk to children about sexting - advice for parents about young children and adults sexting.
  • You can contact school health services (including school nurses) for support with your child’s health needs.
  • Online Safety - we work with schools and educational settings to help children, staff and parents understand online risks and how to manage them.
  • Headstart - funded by the Big Lottery Fund to support 10-14 year-olds and equip them to cope better with difficult circumstances.
  • Early Help - get support for your family to help them to do well, stay safe and resolve problems at the earliest possible opportunity.