Help The Kids FAQ

What is homeschooling?

The Growth of a Phenomenon The phenomenon of home-based education in the United Kingdom is remarkable for its success and growth. It is for this reason that the last ten years have seen some quality research undertaken both in the UK and abroad. In turn, both the research and media interest have led to a growing general interest in home-based education and so the growth continues.

Is there a register of children not in school?

Since there is no compulsion for home educating parents to register with their Local Education Authority there are no accurate figures for how many children are educated at home across the country.

There are 5.3 Million dependant children in the UK that do not attend any school.  Some of those won’t be of compulsory education age.  Those that are are considered homeschooled.

The Under-Secretary for the Department of Education estimated the figure of homeschooled to be between 50,000 and 100,000[1].

Professor Roland Meighan has estimated the number of home educated children to be in the region of 100,000 children.

Paula Rothermel’s research suggests that there could be as many as 560,600 children of compulsory school age in the UK not attending any form of school[2] asking the reasonable question ‘where are they’.

The issue of numbers is one that may soon be resolved. The recently passed Children Act 2004 aims to create a de facto database of all children in the UK. This could have the spin-off effect of identifying and effectively registering all home educated children in the UK.

Whatever the figures and the distribution of home-based educators, one fact is accepted by government agencies and support organisations alike: the number of children involved is growing rapidly. Despite this growth and the huge rise in enquiries to telephone and internet support, the largest home education support organisation, Education Otherwise, still has only around three thousand member families representing perhaps no more than six thousand children

What will Help The Kids do?

The need to look to new and innovative ways of giving and accessing support is obvious, we aim to help those not in school by providing advocacy and support when basic human rights are being infringed upon by those in authority possitions who think they have a right to take away peoples Human rights because it doesn’t fit their ideals (this happens alot more than you’d think).

Research in the USA has already highlighted the importance of the experience of co-operative groups of home educators for some home-based educators, as can be seen in publications like Katherine Houk’s Creating a Co-operative Learning Centre[5]

We aim to help those most in need get a quality education

 Who are home-based educators?

The home education community is notoriously difficult to categorise and, as I have already discussed, estimates of numbers vary.  In the feasibility study one hundred and eleven families responded, broken down as in the table below. Children by age in the feasibility study:                    0-4         69                  5-10       103                11-16         52                16-18           9                  total       233 of which 21 (9%) had a special educational need and 12 (5%) were disabled.

It is a common perception that parents who are most interested in their children’s education and most likely to take charge of their children’s education will be from middle and upper class social scales, but this is not the case amongst home educators.

Almost 17% of respondents were living in real poverty on incomes of under £10.000 p.a., whilst a further 25% were living on an income below the national average, falling into the category of eligibility for working and child tax credit. In short, a total of 42% of families in the survey earned under the national average wage, whilst 35% of respondents took up state benefits

Support is a key issue for many home educators, and the extent to which it is being accessed is a key issue within the home educating community

22% of respondents only met with other home educating families occasionally and 21% said that they never meet up with other home educating families in local groups. Since

The overwhelming consensus of respondents in the survey was that research was needed in order to dispel common myths that surround home education and to raise the profile of home education with the general public.

  • Children out of school is Growing at an estimated 8% per annum
  • There are 65 Million World Wide children out of school according to UNICEF
  • 3 Million Under 18s not in formal education UK according to stats from *

45% of those known to Local Authorities are not receiving a satisfactory education according to

The title ‘home-education’ often evokes an image of an isolated family studying around a kitchen table with the aid of some outdated textbooks.



What is Help The Kids?

Help the kids is a UK based charity aimed at helping kids under 18 who are not in school get an education.

For a number of reasons many children and young people find themselves not in school.  Some because of the parents choice as they feel they can provide a better more tailored education to their child that sending them to school.  Or maybe the nearest school is too far to travel to justify the commute.  Some may live in traveling communities or may move a lot due to their parents jobs.  Others may have tried school and been bullied or expelled.  Others may have special needs or disabilities which are better met at home than at school.  Whatever the reason we aim to help parents of home schoolers provide the best education they can.

There is a number of ways in which children and young people can receive an education even if they are not in school.

Home-schooling has a long history and despite what some may believe is not a new craze.  Homeschooling was actually the norm until countries started enforcing compulsory education.  Even then many countries kept the right to educate your child at home.  Britain it has always been the legal responsibility of the Parent to educate your child weather that is teaching them how to run the family firm or sitting them in front of books or sending them to school, it is the parents responsibility.  In the USA it gets a bit more complex with long legal battles and varying Opinions State by State since the introduction of compulsory education.  But today everywhere in the USA is legal to educate your child from home.  There will be a separate post about home-schooling in different areas of the globe in more detail.

Help The Kids has been set up with the intention of helping under 18’s not in school get a quality education.  The ways we do that will evolve but for now we will collect advice and resources and put them on this website.

We will also be issuing grants at a later date to the best resources for homeschoolers so that they can continue their good work.



Who We Help

Refugees Families

Homeless Families

Traveling Families

Disabled Students

Learning Difficulties

Expelled Students

Planned Homeschooling:

Never entered school

Opted to leave school and continue at home

Unexpected school closures

Not yet placed in a school


How We Help

We give grants to groups that support homeschoolers.

We provide advice for different ages and situations

We list top resources

We offer Character building guides

We offer careers advice

We offer socialisation advice

All advice is given through our website or online properties like social media.