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 families providing home education
  • Home Education Advisory Service - advice and practical support for families who wish to educate their children at home
  • Human Scale Education - educational charity promoting small alternative schools, small classes and home education where children and young people are known and valued
  • 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 - gain access to learning resources to support children at the early years foundation stage and key stage one (previously named Treasure Chest)
  • Kent Children’s University - provides all children aged 5 to 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, online resources. Library members can access our online reference library including homework resources and find out about events and activities in your local library

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 and online resources

Days out and educational visits

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

Find out the discounts for elective home educated students (PDF, 580.2 KB).

  • 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 - for parents/carers of ASD/ Asperger’s children who are educating them in 'otherwise' settings i.e. Home Education or Flexi-schooling
  • HE-Omega - group of home educating families dedicated to supporting and enriching the facilities and opportunities available in and around Maidstone, Medway 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.

See the national curriculum for the primary programmes of study and attainment targets for key stages 1 and 2.

Helpful resources to download or purchase:

Text-based resources

Online 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.

There are a range of options available for young people who have completed their statutory education. See the following sites for more information:

  • Kent Choices - find out the choices open to you after you leave education and training after the age of 18
  • Ready to Work Kent - find great training opportunities, build your skills and put you on the path to your ideal career.
  • Apprentice Kent - register on Apprentice Kent for apprenticeship opportunities that suit your interests.
  • Kent Training and Apprenticeships - find out about a range of opportunities available to you when looking to enter the world of work. Browse our latest vacancies and apply now.
  • Middleton Murray - our apprenticeships give you the opportunity to gain a professional qualification and develop professional skills while earning a salary.
  • Concept Training - provides accredited training and qualifications from introductory to degree level together with recognised health and safety and first aid courses including Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) and Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) tests and certification.

Child employment

If a child is employed and of school age, we must be informed. The work must be suitable and must not affect the child's health or education.

Employment is any type of paid or voluntary work carried out for any person, organisation or business that can be deemed to be the employer of the child.

Find out more about child employment.

Youth Hubs

  • Youth Hubs - staff in our Youth Hubs are happy to talk to you about anything you need support and advice on. Whether this be education, employment and training, whatever your needs we are here to help.

Special Educational Needs (SEN)

Contact the SEN team for more information.

Local support groups

You can search the SEND Local Offer to find out what's available in your area.

Safeguarding young people

  • Child employment -  providing information on child employment for parents and employers and how you can apply for the child work permit
  • Children in entertainment - if your child is the school age or below and involved in performances, they must be licensed and properly chaperoned
  • Online Safety - we work with schools and educational settings to help children, staff and parents understand online risks and how to manage them
  • NSPCC - find out how you can help stop child abuse

Find more information about keeping children safe on the Kent Safeguarding Children's Board (KSCB) website.

Health

Mental health

  • Headstart - Lottery funded programme which aims to help young people in Kent cope better when faced with difficult circumstances in their lives, preventing them from experiencing common mental health problems.
  • Young Minds - UK’s leading charity committed to championing and improving the wellbeing and mental health of children and young people.
  • Minded - free educational resource on children and young people's mental health for all adults.
  • Mind - charity which provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem.
  • The Mix - free confidential multi-channel support for under 25s

Bereavement

  • Child Bereavement UK - supports families and educates professionals when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying, or when a child is facing bereavement.
  • Cruse Bereavement Care - offers support, advice and information to children, young people and adults when someone dies.
  • Winston’s Wish - provides specialist child bereavement support services across the UK.
  • Jigsaw South East - offers grief support to children and young people who have experienced the death of a significant family member.
  • Holding on Letting go - a Kent-based charity that helps children to cope with the death of someone close to them.
  • Slideaway - offers bereavement support to children and young people in West Kent.

Young carers

See a map of local projects that support young carers. Other services include:

The early help service supports families to do well, stay safe and resolve problems as quickly as possible before they become more serious.