Home schooling is growing in popularity, with an estimated 60,000 young people in the UK now being home educated. There are many reasons why parents choose to home school their children, and at NEC we have over 55 years’ experience of helping home educators do their best job. We’re dedicated to ensuring that every one of our students has the quality teaching, support and superb course materials they need to achieve their best grades. We also provide a unique set of services to parents, to help them in supporting their child through home education.

And we have an excellent track record, with exam results to be proud of. 

Some examples from the 2019 GCSE exam session:

  • 100% pass rate for GCSE English Language 
  • 100% pass rate for GCSE English Literature
  • 96% Pass rate for GCSE Maths

Whether you are already a home educator, or are just thinking about home schooling your child, NEC offers the support your family needs to ensure that your child achieves the qualifications they need to go on to college, university or the first step in their career.

We also have one of the widest ranges of online courses at GCSE and A level in the UK, with 16 subjects at GCSE level, (including English language, English literature and maths), and 19 subjects at A level, (including modern foreign languages, physical and social sciences, and the humanities). Nearly all our A level courses can also be studied to AS level.

Your child can enrol on any NEC course whenever it suits them (and you), and start studying immediately.

Contact us for more information or to discuss your child’s particular needs.

NEC guide to home schooling your child

Drawing on over 55 years’ experience, and thousands of successful students, we’ve put together the NEC Guide To Home Educating Your Child.

Parents are legally entitled to homeschool their children up to the compulsory schooling age (currently 16 in England and Wales), and that includes children with special needs.

Our guide will help you to understand what’s involved in successful home schooling, outline how much it’s likely to cost you, and signpost you to additional sources of information and advice.

Download your free copy here. [PDF]

Sources of useful information for homeschoolers

There’s a plethora of information for home educators out there. In our opinion, these are some of the most useful websites (though we obviously can’t take responsibility for whether these sites are kept fully up to date and accurate).

Fees for NEC courses for home schooling

If you’re looking into home educating your child, you’ve probably been doing a lot of research into different providers.

As an education charity dedicated to helping independent learners to achieve life-changing qualifications, NEC wants to keep fees affordable. To keep our course fees as low as possible and ensure that they are affordable for individual students, who are often paying their own fees, we set course fees on a cost recovery basis. Any surplus we make is reinvested in improving the quality of our courses and developing our student support services.

Although our courses cost more than some other providers’, it’s important to be aware that we offer far more student support and higher quality learning resources than many of our competitors.

As a result, NEC’s fees for GCSEs and A levels offer some of the best value on the market, with multi-buy options, seasonal special offers, and affordable finance options.

Because we have so much experience, and are dedicated to helping our learners succeed, we also offer a much higher level of study support than many other online distance learning providers, providing real value for money.

For specific fee information, visit the course page.

Additional support included for home schooling

We know that our younger students often need an extra helping hand with their studies. In our experience, learning online works best when the parents are involved, so when you enrol your child with NEC, you’ll have a unique set of services to help you to support your child.

This includes:

  • Your own login to learn@nec to access the course so you can view the course materials and other information for yourself.
  • Access to your child’s gradebook to help you to monitor progress and provide appropriate and timely intervention and support.
  • You’ll receive emails and forum posts so that you have all the examination and assessment updates/information provided by the NEC team.
  • Dedicated Progress Portal Pages and targeted blogs with updates/information/help and advice on many aspects of home education.
  • Access to the Kudos career platform for young learners to explore career choices.

Hear from a home educating family about their experience

Are you a school looking to support students under 18?

With increasing pressure on secondary schools and colleges, through growing student numbers, shrinking budgets and staff shortages in some subject areas – as well as pressure on the curriculum making non-core subjects difficult to accommodate – many are looking beyond their own boundaries in order to offer additional subjects to their most ambitious and able students.

As well as supporting home educators and adult distance learners since 1963, NEC has been working with secondary schools and colleges for over 20 years.

Read more about how NEC can work with your school to extend subject choice, help to overcome timetables clashes and provide flexibility to help your students succeed.