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Homeschooling in Scotland

By Betsy Burlingame

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Summary: If you're moving with kids to Scotland and homeschooling is something you're considering, it's important to do your research and learn about homeschooling in Scotland.

Homeschooling, also known as home education, is a growing trend worldwide, and Scotland is no exception. It is a form of education where children are taught at home rather than in a traditional school setting. This article will delve into the specifics of homeschooling in Scotland, focusing on its legality, prevalence, requirements, resources, university admissions considerations, and the pros and cons for expat families.

Is it legal to homeschool in Scotland?

Yes, homeschooling is legal in Scotland, including for foreign residents and expats. Parents have the right to choose the mode of education for their children, as long as it provides a suitable education. However, if the child is already enrolled in a school, parents must seek consent from the local education authority to withdraw them for homeschooling. This consent is usually granted unless there are concerns about the child's welfare.

Is Homeschooling common in Scotland?

While homeschooling is not as common as traditional schooling in Scotland, its popularity has been steadily increasing over the years. The exact number of homeschooled children is unknown as parents are not required to register their homeschooled children. However, it is estimated that there are several hundred to a few thousand homeschooled children in Scotland.

What specific requirements are there for homeschoolers in Scotland?

In Scotland, parents who choose to homeschool their children are required to provide a suitable education. This means an education that is appropriate to the age, ability, and aptitude of the child. There are no specific curricula or assessments that homeschooling parents must follow, giving them the flexibility to tailor the education to their child's needs. However, local authorities may request an outline of the proposed education plan.

Are there groups or resources for families who homeschool in Scotland?

Yes, there are several groups and resources available for homeschooling families in Scotland. These include local homeschooling groups, online forums, and national organizations like Schoolhouse Home Education Association, which provides support and advice to homeschooling families. There are also resources available from the Scottish government and local authorities.

What should homeschooling parents take into consideration for university admissions in Scotland and internationally?

Homeschooling parents should be aware that universities in Scotland and internationally have different admission requirements. Some universities may require specific qualifications, such as Scottish Highers or A-levels, which can be more challenging for homeschooled students to obtain. However, many universities also consider other factors, such as personal statements, interviews, and entrance exams. Homeschooling parents should research the admission requirements of potential universities early and plan their child's education accordingly.

What are the Pros and Cons of homeschooling in Scotland (for expat families)?

Homeschooling in Scotland offers several advantages for expat families, including flexibility in education, the ability to incorporate travel and cultural experiences into learning, and the opportunity to provide a consistent education despite frequent moves. However, there are also challenges, such as the potential for social isolation, the responsibility of providing a suitable education, and the need to navigate university admission requirements. Therefore, expat families considering homeschooling should weigh these pros and cons carefully.

About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.


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