Cost of Homeschooling UK | How Home Education Can Save You Money

As friends have started to spend £100’s on school uniforms it got me thinking about the real cost of homeschooling UK. 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.

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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 UK

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.

If you are looking for ideas on what you need for your homeschool room, check out my Amazon store

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 UK. Can you? Please let me know in the comments below what your cost of homeschooling is. Have I missed something?




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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.




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  1. September 9, 2018 / 2:32 pm

    Wow, only £1.75 for school lunches, we pay £2.30 each day for ours (although had the 1st 3 years free). If you’re at home, you still need to provide lunch, and wouldn’t you pay for transport/membership to home school groups/events etc if you do those? But you don’t have morning club or after school clubs/wrap round care which working parents have to pay for. Our school trips are cheap – probably only pay about £30 a year for all the cross school events and the 1 or 2 cheap trips a year in total. We don’t do big trips at our school until y5/6 when they have a residential. We do have the cost of swimming bus (about £35 a year), but his swimming has come on so much going twice a week.He certainly wouldn’t get to swim as much relying on me to take him regular.y

    Tbh, I’d much rather pay the money, have a child who’s educated (I hope) at a decent level across all the subjects better than I could probably do, with his peers, as well as getting the breadth of sport opportunities that he has to do (but would refuse out of school to try). Plus I wouldn’t lose my annual salary. Even if I wanted to home school, it wouldn’t be an option as I work full time and wouldn’t be willing to give up work to teach. I doubt as you said, that cost comes into the equation with people deciding to home school

    • freddiesmummyuk
      September 9, 2018 / 6:57 pm

      You are definitely right about the loss of income of course, which I haven’t taken into account here as I work from home. So yes of course home education isn’t for everybody (to be honest I hadn’t even considered it until about 6 months ago). Freddie had his first school residential in year 2 (I hated every minute of it!!! – But he of course loved it!!) so I think it massively depends on each school.

      The reason I actually wrote the post was because I honestly thought it would be costing me more, as I have heard many times before from home educators. But for us personally it is actually saving me money (which I will be saving for him to go to university).

      I haven’t got a problem with the school system at all, and to be honest I feel that for most children it is for the best. However, for us home education is definitely the way forward 🙂