“Homeschooling” and “school at home” are often used as interchangeable terms. For parents researching the best model of education for their children, this can cause a bit of a headache. While there are similarities between the two models, there are key distinctions. Understanding the differences is essential to making sure you pick the education which is right for both your child, and yourself.
Homeschooling is when a parent takes control of the child’s education. They have total control over what the child learns, but also take full responsibility for the child’s educational success.
School at home (also known as remote learning, online learning or virtual learning) takes place at home too, but an educational institution takes control and responsibility for the classes, lessons and curriculum.
In both educational models most of the learning takes place at home in reduced class sizes. These means that share some of the same benefits such as:
More control of learning environments: Since learners are not in a school, they have more control over their learning environment. This means that if a learner prefers a quiet surrounding, they can easily facilitate this. Similarly, they can structure their learning times around their extra-curricular passions, which in turn helps boost their educational outcomes.
Encourage student-directed learning: Learners are given more control over their education which in itself is highly beneficial. It also means they have the freedom to build their schedule around their learning objectives, incorporate their outside passions into their projects, and demonstrate greater independence and responsibility at a younger age.
Deeper communication with learning coaches: Students have a direct line of communication with their learning coach so they can ask questions, probe deeper into the answers and progress at a speed that makes more sense for their learning style.
Despite the similarities, there are some huge differences in the learning experience of the child, as well as the role of the parent.
In a homeschool setting, there is no clear delineation between the start and end of school. This means that learning opportunities occur constantly throughout the day, and the parent must be prepared to respond to that. On the other hand, a school at home setting is the same as any traditional school. There are traditional hours to be kept with specified times to check-in with the learning coach, deadlines to be met and objectives to be achieved.
In homeschools, the parent is entirely responsible for building and delivering their own curriculum. While this means parents have greater freedom to include (or exclude) subjects or topics according to their preferences, they must also find a way to set benchmarks and measure progress.
School at home models though follow pre-set traditional curriculums. The learning coach runs the classroom online as they would in a bricks-and-mortar school, and follows established and well-researched curriculums like Pearson Edexcel, AQA and ICE, meaning the learner is guaranteed a similar education to their peers.
Depending on where you live, home schools can have little to no requirements to meet minimum levels of assessment for the learner. While many parents correctly have concerns about excessive testing in traditional schools, the lack of a recognised qualification at the end of home schooling can mean reduced chances for a learner to enter higher education or secure good jobs once they complete their education.
School at home institutions follow established curriculums which in turn means that they can offer standardised and widely recognised qualifications. Since they are actual schools, they usually must meet the requirements of local educational authorities too, further guaranteeing a higher quality of education and an easy progression to university and beyond.
Brave Generation Academy offers a mix of online and offline hubs to give students the best school at home experience with elements of live teaching. In addition to following the UK curriculum to help learners achieve internationally recognised GCSEs and A-Levels, we use student-led learning to help learners discover and excel in their extra-curricular passions.
December 30, 2020, Cascais
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