The set hours spent teaching within a school environment (classed as a full-time education) are not applicable to home-educators.
Home-education usually consists of one-to-one communication or small groups of children in a very different situation and setting to that of in a school.
As long as the child is not a registered pupil at a school (i.e. Has his or her name on a school register to attend full-time school), the parent is not required to provide any one particular method of education, and is under no obligation to:
- Inform the Local Authority or request permission to home-educate.
- Have any specific qualifications or educational background.
- Have any teaching experience or qualification in whatever form.
- Have a specific minimum family income.
- Have a designated ‘school room’ or area where education will take place.
- Provide formal lessons and adhere to a fixed timetable.
- Follow the National Curriculum, ensure a child studies for SATS or examinations, or push towards attaining age-specific standards and targets.
- Make detailed plans or give details of educational goals in advance.
- Adhere to school term times, days, or hours.
For the purposes of post 16 education, a full time education is perceived as studying for 12 plus hours per week (this is required in order to continue receiving child benefit and tax credits for example). For benefit claiming purposes, still in education refers to non-advanced education only. The course of study must not be classified as above Level 3. Up to and including Level 3 is deemed as Further Education, but Level 4 and above are deemed to be Higher Education and child benefit entitlement ceases.