Home schooling or Home education is a form of education given at home. A child can be taught at home, either full time or part time.
There may be many different reasons to home school their children which could be concern about the school environment, to provide religious instruction or may be if they are dissatisfied with the academic instruction given at traditional schools.
Choosing the right curriculum for home schooling is very important. Parents who opt home schooling for their children are usually not satisfied with their local school’s syllabus. IGCSE has hence become popular as home school curriculum because of its high quality syllabus and worldwide recognition.
The process of home schooling includes three steps
Making a Decision
You as a parent has to decide on taking the responsibility of your child’s education, either part time or full time and ensure your child gets the needed education. You can go for assistance to private tuition centers in your area in case you are not finding time to give fulltime assistance to your child. But remember these are just helpers and doesn’t equal formal schooling.
And also need to remember that once your opt for home schooling for your child, you cannot get back to formal schooling as your child may get rejected due to absence of formal primary school certification.
Now, to know the finish line of home teaching, it is O-Level or IGCSE
Choosing your curriculum
Following your local school curriculum is what usually happen but following IGCSE / O-Level is a good choice for home schooling too.
IGCSE syllabi is for the international audience in which interesting global content can be found in contrast to the more locally oriented curriculum such as O Level and GCSE.
Planning your teaching programmes
Next comes planning your teaching programmes from start to finish.
You may choose to educate your child for 6 year primary programme which is a normal practice and minimum requirement internationally. You child would finish primary programme by the age of 12. But no certificate can be achieved for primary schooling in this process. If you wish to get this certificate you need to admit your child in formal schooling in Grade 5, in order to appear for the formal primary exams.
These certificates become essential if you would want to shift your child to formal schooling for the secondary level.
Lower Secondary Stage
Lower secondary programme starts at grade 7 and is flexible if your child is good in basics and can cope faster. Generally lower secondary programme lasts for 3 years, grades 7,8 and 9 but if your child is capable enough, can finish in two years itself. Your child would reach the end of lower secondary programme at the age of 15 or 14 accordingly.
As you would not be able to get any formal certification, it would become difficult to enter any formal schooling at this stage.
Upper Secondary Stage
This is a two year programme where IGCSE/ O-Level start. For school students it would be grades 10 and 11. Again there is a possibility to finish IGCSE in one year itself depending on the capability of your child.
Once the child is ready to appear for the exams you can approach the nearest exam centers in your local area. Your local British Council is the best option for private candidates. Or you can approach any Cambridge school which accepts private candidates to appear for the exam.
As you can see there is only one formal exam certification which your child would get in the process of home teaching which would lead them for higher studies such as A- Level or any other equivalent level.