Schools, education and childcare Educating your child at home

Appendix 2: Questions for parents


Use these questions and notes to prepare your approach to Home Education. It may be useful to copy and paste this table into your own document.

  Question Supportive notes for your answer
1 What are your aspirations for your child’s home education? This could include:
  • GCSE / A levels
  • College or University
  • T levels / Apprenticeships
  • Anything else?
2 How do you plan the activities your child
This could include:
  • You plan according to your child’s
  • needs / interests.
  • You follow the National Curriculum.
  • You use a commercially available
  • planning tool.
  • Mixture of the above
3 How do you measure your child’s progress? This could include:
  • Reviewing your child’s work
  • Testing / Quizzes
  • Other professional e.g. tutor support with this
  • Mixture of the above
4 Is your child working at a level that's appropriate for their age? This could include:
  • If you follow the National curriculum, your child is working at a level appropriate for their age. E.g. they are the same age as national Y3 and the work they complete is Y3.
  • They are working above their age.
  • The are working below their age.
5 Does the education you provide include a systematic approach to English and Maths in accordance with your child’s age, ability, aptitude and any SEND?
If so, what are they?
This could include:
  • Commercially available schemes /
  • online tutoring
  • Textbooks / online curriculum
  • Do you include reading, writing and
  • handwriting?
  • How you ensure your child is making
  • sufficient progress in English and
  • Maths?
6 How do you provide a broad
range of learning opportunities, showing a breadth and depth of
knowledge across a variety of subjects, topics and disciplines. Show the appropriate resources being used
This could include:
  • A list of all subjects studied
  • What resources you use to deliver
  • these subject areas
  • How you will assess how your child is
  • doing in these areas?
7 Does the education you provide support your child’s ongoing personal, health, social and emotional needs? Do you include relevant relationship and sex
education, where appropriate? 
This could include:
  • Opportunities to meet other children
  • outside the family
  • Child’s hobbies / interests
  • Relationships and Sexual Education
  • Mental health and well-being
  • education / support
8 Does the education you provide promote active citizenship and tolerance of others? If so, how do you do this? This could include work on:
  • British values
  • Black History Month
  • LGBT+ materials
  • Online materials
  • Textbooks
9 Does your child have Special Educational Needs? If so, how are
you supporting these needs?

This could include:

  • Does your child have an EHCP?
  • Are they classed as gifted and talented?
  • Do you have any outside support with your child’s needs?
10 Would you like to be involved with LA EHE networking?  The LA conduct a termly network /
newsletter. Would you like to receive
this information?
11 Are there any other adults involved in your child’s education? Eg: 
  • Tutors
  • EHE Groups
  • Out of School Settings e.g. Sports /
  • Arts clubs
  • Supplementary Schools
  • Online learning packages / courses
12 Please can you let us know why you have chosen elective home education for your child.

Consider all that apply:

  • Bullying
  • Child’s unwillingness / inability to go
  • Covid-19
  • Disagreement with Sex and Relationships
  • Education
  • Dissatisfaction with the system
  • Health reasons
  • Interim whilst awaiting preferred school
  • Not preferred school
  • Parent / Carer desire for a closer
  • relationship with their children
  • Philosophical or ideological views
  • Religious and cultural beliefs
  • School not meeting need
  • Short term intervention. Special needs / other
13 We would like to hear about how your child feels about their home
education. If the child is able, they can answer this section themselves.
This could include:
  • How your child feels about their home
  • education.
  • Whether your child would prefer to be home
  • schooled or traditional schooling
  • Does your child get any say in what
  • they study?
14 Are there any issues with any schools? If so, which school/s and why?  This could include incidents that have caused you or your child distress at their last school, or that you don't feel that the local school will be able to meet your child’s needs.
15 Does your child have an appropriate space to complete their home 
This could include dedicated quiet space to work and outside space
16 Do you have all of the appropriate equipment for your child? Eg: books, stationery, Art and craft / Science materials. Play equipment. IT equipment with appropriate filters etc
17 Please let us know the amount of time your child is being home educated.  This could include:
Sending a copy of their weekly 
A guide of how long your child will be studying on a typical day /  week
18 So that we can make as full an assessment as possible, please provide the following evidence: Samples of your child’s work
Copy of your child’s timetable
Samples of reports / feedback provided by outside agencies working with your 
children e.g. tutor companies etc. 
19 Is there any other information that will be helpful for the EHE team to know?


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