Over 80 Free or Cheap Home Education Resources in the UK

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Are you considering home schooling in the UK? If so you need to see this massive list of home education resources.

If you have taken the decision to homeschool, or even if you are just looking for after school resources, these are the best home school websites we have found.

Home schooling in the UK does not have to be expensive, despite what you may have heard. In fact, for us, it is actually cheaper than school.

We have been homeschooling since June 2018 and it is the best thing we have done. The reason we decided to home educate was that Freddie was not being pushed enough.

When we first started I was overwhelmed with how many FREE homeschool resources there were.

Not all of these homeschool websites follow the UK national curriculum, which we do. But this is not a requirement for home educating in the UK though, so don’t worry. The reason we still follow the curriculum though is my son will be doing GCSEs.

BUT, even though we follow the curriculum we still use some amazing American resources to help with homeschooling UK. If you are struggling to get to grips with the American school grade system there is a comparison table on this IXL review post.

I have reviewed a number of these educational 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.

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This home schooling UK resources post is frequently being updated, with any new resources we find, so keep popping back to see what’s new.

Top 10 Homeschool Online Resources

In this section, I have only included the educational resources that we use and love. We have reviewed most of these resources too. The reason I have included both Edplace and IXL is I can’t pick between them. We go between both resources however, you only need one of them.

Home Schooling UK

EdPlace – KS1 to KS4 you can have a free trial for only £1 or subscribe for as little as £66 per year. Exclusive discount just for my readers – get 20% off subscriptions with code: FREDDIE20

Ed Place. Access over 3000 learning resources in Maths, English and science

IXL – Maths and English resources for children aged between reception to year 13. Prices from £7.99 per month, they offer a 20% discount for new members. Check out my full and honest review of IXL

IXL 20% Discount for home education families

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.

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 worksheets.

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.

Education Quizzes – KS1 – GCSE educational quizzes to help with all areas of the curriculum. £9.95 per month but home educators can get a 3-month free trial.

Quizlet – Free education resources for KS1 – KS4

KM Tuition -Maths, English and Science free worksheets and past exam papers.

Exemplar Education – Maths and English resources including access to an online tutor, or phone. Read my full review of Exemplar

Kidztype – Free typing games to help with touch typing

Typesy – Cheap access to a great typing program aimed at kids with great games. Read my review of Typesy here.

Open Learn -Free learning from the Open University. There are some amazing free resources here for children aged 13 and over.

If you have an Amazon Alexa device check out our favourite Alexa educational skills 

Home Education Resources for KS1 and KS2

A lot of the homeschool resources listed above are also suitable for KS1 and KS2 including Edplace and IXL (exclusive discounts above!).

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

 Check out over 35 of the best educational youtube videos

Homeschool English Resources

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 – a free resource to help children learn to read.

Picture Book Explorers – there are a few resources or some paid topics to chose from.

Phonics Play -for younger children learning how to use Phonics. Free trial and free resources available.

If you enjoy playing games check out over 20 games for homeschool families

Best Homeschool Maths Programs

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.

Maths Factor, a great home education resource

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.

Smartick – fun maths curriculum online for children aged 4-14. We have reviewed this great maths resource, and there is a massive 15% off for you plus a free trial. To learn more about the Smartick math program check out our review.

Mr D Math – helping your kids learn algebra in a simple way. We have reviewed this product check out our review of Mr D Math

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 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

Math Seeds -is great for children aged 3-9, one-year subscription is £29.95. They offer a 40% discount to home educators but you need to email them for the code

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

Transum – FREE mathematical activities, puzzles, problems, visual aids, investigations and lots more.

Check out my Amazon store to find educational gifts and resources for your homeschool room

Homeschool Science Programs

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.

Mel Science – They have created a standalone educational package that will captivate your child by demonstrating real science principles in all their beauty and depth. They offer a next-generation chemistry set delivered as a monthly subscription. Get up to three experiments a month to expand your child’s horizons. Includes a free VR headset and Starter Kit.

Developing Experts – Developing Experts brings science into your home for children aged 4 to 14 years. Create your FREE 14-day trial account and get instant access to over 700 interactive, online science lessons at your fingertips.

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.

Homeschool History

60 Second Histories – there is a 2-week free trial, after that the annual subscription is only £25. Read my review of 60 Second Histories

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.

Best Homeschool Geography Curriculum

3D Geography – Make models and great free resources

BBC Bitesize – Free resources from Primary to KS3

Languages – Home Schooling 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 Websites for Kids

Play Osmo – This is a great fun way to teach your children coding and programming. I have reviewed Coding Awbie and Osmo Coding Jam and I can not recommend them highly enough.

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

Homeschool Arts and Crafts

Red Ted Art lots of free ideas and printable’s.

Krokatak – loads of free arts and crafts, videos and printables

Homeschool Music Lessons

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.

Jam Play. Improve your guitar playing, guaranteed

IGCSE and Key Stage 3

Echo Education focuses on courses for IGCSE and Key stage 3 they have experienced home educators and often courses with or without tutor support.

Educator – Math and science for high school and college students.

Home School Tutoring

If you want your children to have live online classes why not check out Outschool.

Mark My Papers 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.

Home Schooling UK – National Curriculum Books

The National Curriculum in England – Handbook for Primary Teachers – this is like my home schooling UK bible! I refer to it a lot, especially as we use American homeschool resources.

CGP books – we love these CGP books and we use them regularly to break up the online work.

Cambridge IGCSE Test Papers

Collins SATS Workbooks  – 

Maths No Problem –

Reading Books for Kids

If you are struggling to get your children to read, check out this great post on 15 tips to encourage children to read.

Also, I highly recommend the Book People as they have so many heavily discounted books available.

Check out our favourite 100 books for 9 year olds.

Home Schooling UK Facebook Groups

Home Education UK – this is an amazing supportive Facebook group that has over 30k active followers.

Free Homeschooling Resources

If you are looking for the most concise list of free homeschool resources check out my most recent post. If you are needing a Free homeschool scheduler, look no further than Trello, see my review.

I hope you find these home education websites useful. If you know of any other homeschooling UK resources please let me know in the comments and I will add them.

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I am Clare, a homeschooling mum in the UK to my gorgeous 9 year old son, Freddie. We also live with my bearded husband Stuart.

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  • RossMountney July 10, 2018 at 3:11 pm

    This looks like a good resource – have shared! You might like to add https://learning-resources.sciencemuseum.org.uk/ too. And I notice there are no creative sites and some parents find it difficult to come up with ideas for creative activities. https://www.redtedart.com is a good one for a start! 🙂

    • freddiesmummyuk July 10, 2018 at 3:19 pm

      Fantastic thank you, I will add these to the list now 🙂

  • mummywho July 11, 2018 at 5:12 pm

    This is really good for those who are thinking of home schooling

    Kate xx

    • freddiesmummyuk July 11, 2018 at 6:16 pm

      Thank you 🙂

  • immigrantmother August 6, 2018 at 11:26 pm

    These are great – thank you. I have also come across ThinkersMeetUp.com

    • freddiesmummyuk August 8, 2018 at 9:35 am

      Oh great thank you so much I will check it out 🙂

  • NomadMum August 22, 2018 at 1:12 am

    hi. thanks so much for creating this list. would you be able to indicate if the resource is from america or the UK? kind regards.

    • freddiesmummyuk August 22, 2018 at 10:42 am

      Hi some of these resources are American, and some are English. However, as they are all online resources they can be used by everyone 🙂

  • Virtually All Sorts (@AllSortsHere) September 9, 2018 at 8:35 pm

    Wow that’s a lot of resources! Really helpful for home schoolers. Thanks for sharing with #AllSortsofBlogs. Please do link up as many posts as you like, all welcome!

  • Musings of a tired mummy...zzz... September 11, 2018 at 9:06 pm

    Wow this is a great collection of resources for home schooling whether permanent or during the school holidays or revision time. Thanks for linking up with #stayclassymama

  • whitecamellias September 12, 2018 at 9:42 am

    This is a great list. I love the BBC Bitesize one for learning. Thank you for joining in with us at #stayclassymama

  • April Pareja March 28, 2019 at 12:30 pm

    Thank you for this list! we are homeschooling independently.

  • […] Over 80 Free or Cheap Home Education Resources in the UK […]

  • Enrique March 24, 2020 at 7:58 am

    Hi, thanks for this incredible list. We are considering homeschooling and we are still full with doubts. My kids study in a brick and mortar school by now. We are spanish but they study 100% in english in a british school located in Spain. My concerns are these, hopefully you can help us with this.

    We want to follow the UK national curriculm, and in time, take the GCSE exams. How do they take exams to be certified for example, that they have accomplished year 9?. hw do we enroll them in GCSE? do we need a certificate from uk authorities that they have completed this or that year?

    A lot of questions maybe?!

    thanks anyway.


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