Home Schooling Your Child & Planning Lessons | Study Coach UK

Home Schooling otherwise referred to as Home Education is an alternative way for children to receive an education instead of attending mainstream school. In some countries Home Schooling is not permitted under law, but thankfully the majority of countries do provide legislation giving parents/guardians the legal right to educate their child at home. Study Coach UK is supportive of Home Education and is in the business of supporting parents/guardians on how to teach, how to get someone to learn. In making the decision to teach a child at home, parents clearly have made the decision in the child’s best interest, and hopefully the child is happy to be educated at home. 


The decision to teach a child at home might stem from the fact that a parent has teaching experience, however many parents are not experienced in teaching but they do have a willingness to learn teaching strategies. Parents might or might not hold qualifications but a lack of qualifications will not bar a parent from teaching children at home in the UK. See the UK Education Act 1996 for the provision giving parents the legal right to educate children at home https://www.gov.uk/home-education


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If you have decided to home school your child, you have in fact taken the decision to step into the world of teaching. Home Schooling requires teaching skills and Study Coach would like to help you develop effective teaching techniques and fine-tune your skills in planning great lessons for your children and to plan for their future learning. In order to plan teaching and learning you will need a Scheme of Work and Lesson Plans. My focus in this blog is on Planning Lessons (Aims and Objectives):


A Lesson Plan is basically a written plan setting out the lesson:

  • LESSON AIM and 
  • OBJECTIVES (Learning Outcomes/Intentions) 


Planning a lesson clearly helps to provide a direction for teaching and learning and acts as a reminder of what you are trying to achieve. Lesson plans support teachers to reflect on previous learning, embed learning, set targets and facilitate learners to progress. Firstly let’s consider Lesson Aims.


Lesson Aims should be clear statements to describe what you as teacher want to achieve, what you hope to achieve. The statements of what you intend to do should be expressed in a broad sense, aims are general statements of intent.  

We need to think carefully about the aim of the Lesson before attempting to start teaching. Ask yourself the following question: 

Question: What do I want to achieve for my child or What do I want my child to achieve?

Let’s imagine that you are Homeschooling your 13 year old daughter Mary and that recently Mary spent a day at your friend’s office observing the world of work. In view of Mary’s work experience the following example of a lesson aim could be your Aim. 


The aim of this lesson is to encourage Mary to develop reflective skills,  applying understanding and skills to a work setting. 


The Aims will provide you with a direction for the teaching session but because Aims are broad they won’t quite tell you how you will achieve your goals, so you will need to express your teaching intentions in a more specific way. You will therefore create specific Lesson Objectives.


The learner (my daughter Mary) will: 

  • Describe how personal values influence a person’s contributions to work in an office setting. 
  • Be able to give three examples of own skills and apply in relation to working with others in an office. 


Aims and objectives are clearly different, and we need to realise the difference. We can also refer to Objectives as ‘Learning Outcomes’ or ‘Learning Intentions’. Objectives are testable statements to explain what you want your child to learn through completing the learning task. Objectives makes it clear what learners will have to do. Mary should be clear about her learning. Additional Objectives based on the same Aim could be completed the next day depending on the curriculum and scheme of work (Study Coach will consider curriculum and scheme of work in another blog). 


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