Home Education Support for English

Do you often feel overwhelmed by the huge amount of learning resources available online for English?

Do you sometimes wonder if you are doing “enough?”

Believe me, I get it. I home educated my own children for 4 and a half years.

If you child is working at KS3 or KS4 level, I can offer flexible, bespoke learning packages for English to suit the individual needs of your family. It is difficult to outline what this provision might look like as for every home educating  family, it will be different. It might include all or some of the following:

– Group tuition

– Individual tuition 

– An assessment followed by an individual plan where I will set work and provide feedback 

– OR it might be a plan completely tailored to your family’s needs. 

I am open to the flexibility that comes with being a home-ed parent.  Contact me directly to find out more.

The truth is, that like so many other ventures in our lives, the Noon family dived head first into the world of home education quite suddenly and with very little planning. Although the multitude of reasons for the decision had built up gradually over a very long period of time, the decision itself was spontaneous and happened almost overnight, once we discovered that home educating was actually a “thing” that you could legally decide to do. Now though, I can honestly say that it was one of the best decisions we ever made.

For the past four and a half years, my days have looked something like this: I home educated my children during the day and I tutored school pupils during the evening and at weekends. Yes, life was busy. There was rarely an hour in the day when I was not teaching in some capacity and when I was not teaching, I was thinking about teaching. Most of the time, it worked. As a family, we dabbled with free learning, unschooling, de-schooling, schooling at home…you name it, we have tried it. The freedom to experiment and adapt though is one of the many benefits of home education.

I have spent almost the whole of my career teaching English. I have worked in Primary and Secondary Schools and I have been a GCSE exam marker (now team leader) for a number of years. Therefore, suddenly finding ourselves as home educating parents felt a little like being adrift in a boat, which was both liberating and terrifying all at the same time. There was this amazing sense of freedom combined in equal measure with the crushing sense of responsibility. I have lost count of the amount of times people have said over the years that it must be easy for myself and my husband to home educate because we are trained teachers. Seriously, though? I can honestly say that it really isn’t. It is quite hard to “let go” of the system which has been our comfort zone for such a long period of time and we still often battle with resisting the urge to compare what we are doing with our own children to what children in school are learning. I have learnt so much from other home educating parents and am so grateful to have had the privilege of sharing ideas with such a diverse and energetic community.

Home Education is very different to school. The approach and resources which are necessary in schools for enabling 30 students of varying abilities to access the curriculum are often not necessary for teaching children at home. I have a very vivid memory of beginning our home education “adventure” and feeling utterly overwhelmed. I was often to be found sitting with my laptop late into the night with ten tabs open, each comprising of 14 worksheets and 6 Powerpoint presentations on when to use an apostrophe or how to use a semi-colon and being completely consumed by panic only to realise that a simple conversation over breakfast the following morning did the exact same job without the need for any of this. Having the confidence to accept that this is “enough”, however, is often a very different story.

There are so many resources out there for teaching English, but the difficulty lies in cutting through the clutter and putting it into a workable order. 

I would like to share the knowledge I have gained as a home-schooling Mum and teacher to help others who have taken the decision to home educate. 

If your child is working at KS3 or KS4 level, I can offer flexible, bespoke learning packages for English to suit the individual needs of your family. 

Contact me directly to find out more.