Homeschooling in the UK does not have to be expensive. In fact I think it is cheaper than school. We have been homeschooling since June 2018 and it is the best thing we have done. The reason we decided to homeschool was because Freddie was not being pushed enough. When we first started on our journey I was overwhelmed with how many FREE educational resources there were.
There are so many free home education packs that can help you on your journey. I have listed all of the home education resources below that we either use daily or will use when he is a little older. More than half of these home education resources are free, so there is no need to break the bank.
Not all of these follow the UK national curriculum, which we are. This is not a requirement for home educating in the UK though, so don’t worry. We still follow the UK national curriculum in our homeschool though as my son will be doing GCSEs. BUT even though we follow the curriculum we still use some amazing American resources to help with homeschooling. If you are struggling to get to grips with the American school grade system there is a comparison table on the IXL review post.
I have reviewed a number of these education resources for you, and have added a link to our review next to the resource. I hope you find the reviews helpful. Let me know in the comments if you have any queries, and I will do my best to answer them for you.
Home Education Websites – All Ages
EdPlace – KS1 to KS4 you can have a free trial for only £1 or subscribe for £99 per year.
Twinkl – this is a must in my opinion. Twinkl is for all areas of the curriculum and is for all ages up to KS4. Price from £4.49 per month. Check out my review of some of their free educational resources.
InterHigh – is a complete independent online Secondary School and Sixth Form College.
BBC Bitesize – this is for all aged children and has lots of videos and helpful articles. This is a free service.
TES– there are some free resources on here, although you can purchase each individual topic or resource.
Teachers Pay Teachers– This is for all children and they have lots of free resources. There are also paid for work sheets.
Teaching Packs – priced at £17.50 per year for thousands of teaching packs.
Activity Village – access to over 29k printable activities at only £15 per annum
Khan Academy – Free personalised learning resources for all ages.
Learning Resources Science Museum – This site brings together resources from museums, including activities, games and videos. Discover activities to support a range of curriculum topics for use in the classroom, in museum galleries and beyond. KS1 – KS4 and they are free resources.
Quizlet – Free education resources for KS1 – KS4
KM Tuition -Maths, English and Science free worksheets and past exam papers.
Kidztype – Free typing games to help with touch typing
If you have an Amazon Alexa device check out our favourite Alexa educational skills
Primary School Resources – Home Education Resources
The School Run This is for primary school year children. A 14-day trial costs £1.97. When you take out your trial you can choose one of three subscription packages: £39.97 for six months; £59.97 for 12 months; £130 for a School Lifetime (7 years’ continuous access).
Primary Leap – this is for primary school children and they offer a free subscription. You can however upgrade to a paid subscription from £3.75 per month.
Top Marks – primary free resources.
Rising Stars primary school resources, a lot of free resources.
Soft Schools primary school free resources.
Education.com – primary school children resources, from free to $9.99 per month.
Primary Resources free resources for primary school children
Oxford Owl free resources for primary school children
Every School– free resources for primary school children.
Have Fun Teaching – free resources and worksheets for primary school children.
Teach it Primary – All subjects great for primary school. There are free subscriptions and paid for subscriptions start at £49.95
@school – Quarterly subscription £9.99
Skoolbo – All subjects great for primary school. 30 day free trial $10.95 per month
Apple for the Teacher – £43.20 per year
Parents in Touch – from £20 per year
K5 Learning – This is an American site with free worksheets in maths and English
English – Online Homeschooling
Literacy Shed – Videos and worksheets to help with English for primary school children.
Reading Eggs and Reading Eggspress helping children learn to read, there is a free trial and then £39.95 for an annual subscription. They offer a 40% discount to home educators but you need to email them for the code.
Puzzle Maker a free tool for making your own word puzzles.
TeachIT English KS3 and above there is a free subscription or paid for start at £55 per year.
Nessy – Great tool for children with dyslexia, prices start from £8 per month
Teach your monster to read – free resource to help children learn to read.
Picture Book Explorers – there are a few resources, or some paid topics to chose from.
If you enjoy playing games check out over 20 games for homeschool families
Maths – Homeschooling Resources
The Maths Factor – Carol Vorderman’s online maths school. This is for primary school children and costs £9.99 per month, there is a 30 day money back guarantee. Packed with incentives for children including real medals which get sent in the post if a child completes a session every day for 30 days.
Thinkster Math – They claim their students see up to a 90% improvement in Math scores within 3 months. What I do know for sure is they have a 7 day free trial, so why not see for your self.
Matr – fun and affordable one to one tuition in maths for children aged 7-11.
Corbett Maths free resource and has videos and questions and answers.
Maths Watch – Covers maths from primary to A Level. It costs about £100 p.a but this is for lots of users. So if you can get a few people together it would be cheaper.
My Mini Maths – with more than 1,300 free resources for primary school children.
Conquer Maths learning maths for children aged 4 – 19 years old. £99.99 for a year subscription.
Teach IT Maths – KS3 and above. There is a free subscription and paid for subscriptions start at £30 per year.
Absolute Maths -Self study/revision website for iGCSE/GCSE levels and there are also Absolute Maths Courses which is a separate tuition led section of the business currently for KS3 and iGCSE/GCS
Prodigy Maths – free resource for primary school children
Adapted Mind $9.95 per month, but there is a free trial.
Math Play Ground – free resource and paid for subscriptions at $6.99 per month (this is a special summer rate)
MEP (Maths Enhancement Programme) free resources up to A Level students.
Doodle Maths – This is a fun app with maths quizzes. There is a free plan plus a paid for one at £4.99 per month
CTCMath – check out my honest review of this great maths online resource for the whole family. They also offer a free trial.
Math Whizz – they offer a free trial or you can subscribe for £149 per year.
Maths is Fun – Primary school free resources.
Maths Gynie – Primary up to A Level amazing free resources, videos, exam papers and solutions.
Mathster – Free worksheets for GCSE and A Level
Maths Chase – Free times table tests
Science – Home Education Websites
Outstanding Science primary school resource at £25 a year.
Mystery Science home school subscription at $69 per year. But there are free trials available too.
Teach It Science KS3 and above. There is a free subscription or paid for subscriptions start at £30 per year.
Mystery Doug – This is a free resource
School Science – This is a free resource.
Sublime Science – there are free resources (they also do amazing parties, which we did a couple of years ago and the kids loved it)
BBC Terrific Science – free resources
Interactive Elements Table – periodic table in pictures and words.
History – Homeschooling Resources
Physical Education at Home
It is of course important to keep kids active during the homeschool day. Check out my free tips on how to encourage physical education plus 14 of the best YouTube fitness videos for the family.
Geography – Free Home Education Packs
3D Geography – Make models and great free resources
BBC Bitesize – Free resources from Primary to KS3
Languages – Homeschooling UK
Duo Lingo (Tiny Cards) This is an amazing free app and it has so many different languages to learn.
Teach it Languages – KS3 and above. There is a free subscription and paid for plans start at £30 per year.
Babble – They offer 13 different languages and there are free resources and paid for subscriptions starting from only £4.75 per month.
Coding – Home Education Websites
Code.org – This is a free resource.
Scratch – this is a free resource.
Codeacadamy – this is a free resource
GamEd Academy – Learning through play with Minecraft. Prices vary
Arts and Crafts – Home Education Websites
Red Ted Art lots of free ideas and printable’s.
Krokatak – loads of free arts and crafts, videos and printables
Music Online Education
Jamplay – Online Guitar Lessons – Learn Guitar from World Class Teachers. JamPlay™ is the leader in online guitar lessons. If you are just getting started with guitar or are interested in improving, you have come to the right place. Perfect for both the beginner guitarist to seasoned musician.
IGCSE and Key Stage 3
Echo Education focuses on courses for IGCSE and Key stage 3 they are experienced home educators and often courses with or without tutor support.
Mark My Papers this is an independent marking service. You need to scan the children’s work to them and they send it back marked with full detail. This is for children from KS2 up to A Levels.
Homeschooling UK National Curriculum Books
CGP books – prices starting from as little as £3.13 from the Book Depository all with free delivery
Cambridge IGCSE Test Papers – prices from as little as £4.99 from the Book Depository all with free delivery
Collins SATS Workbooks – prices from as little as £4.46 from the Book Depository all with free delivery
Maths No Problem – Maths books starting from £8.49
Check out our favourite 100 books for 9 year olds.
Home Education UK – this is an amazing supportive Facebook group that has over 30k active followers.
I hope you find these home education websites useful. If you know of any other homeschooling resources UK please let me know in the comments and I will add them.
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