As friends have started to spend £100’s on school uniforms it got me thinking about the real cost of homeschooling. Is it costing me more? Is home education actually cheaper than school?
Of course the cost of homeschooling was not even part of the reason we decided to homeschool. But I am really staggered with the savings.
These cost savings are based on primary school children, the real cost for older children would be much higher. With bus passes, additional branded uniform and more expensive school trips.
Cost to send your kids to school per year
School Uniform £209
- School Shoes – £45
- Polo Shirts £21 (from Debenhams for 6)
- School Branded Jumpers £42 (for 3)
- Sports Clothes £12 (£5 for shorts, £7 for 2 t-shirts)
- School Trousers £13 (for 2)
- Trainers (just for school PE) – £25
- School Shorts £7 (for 1)
- Pencil Case £12.50 (from Smiggle)
- School Socks £6 (pack of 5)
- School Bag £25 (from Debenhams)
Educational School Trips £150
This is a hard one to estimate as at Freddie’s previous school they only did one big trip every other year. But this in primary school would be at least £150 per year.
School Dinners £340
If your child has school dinners as Freddie did this is £1.75 per day.
Going on Holiday in Term Time £771
I will compare our latest holiday as we had booked this before we decided to deregister so we went to Mauritius in the school holidays.
Days out £100
A number of amazing days out will offer a huge discount to home educators, including Legoland and the Eden Project. Its always best to check before you travel, as I am sure lots of other places offer this too.
Total Saving for not sending your children to State School £1,570
This doesn’t include the cost savings with sending your child to public school of course, which would be nearer £12k.
Cost of Homeschooling
This can be as little or as much as you would like and you don’t actually need to spend any money. These are the extra costs I have spent though to make this a true reflection of the real savings of homeschooling.
Homeschooling Room £30
We have transformed my home office into a homeschool room, which in total cost approx £150 to get homeschool supplies. But most of this is a one off cost, so for comparison I will assume that will have a 5 year life span.
Home Education Resources £53.88
Currently the only paid subscription we have is for Twinkl, however there are a number of free resources that you could subscribe to.
I honestly can’t think of any other cost of homeschooling. Can you? Please let me know in the comments below what your cost of homeschooling is. Have I missed something?
REAL COST SAVING FOR NOT SENDING YOUR CHILDREN TO SCHOOL £1,486.12 PER YEAR
IF YOUR CHILDREN ARE IN STATE SCHOOL FOR 13 YEARS THIS IS A MASSIVE SAVING OF
Can you believe it? No I couldn’t either. I know this doesn’t take into account any lost income, but I already worked from home.