Please note: For those who have home educated their child through the primary years and are now looking for a formal secondary setting - applications for children due to start secondary school open in the September (a year before a child's date of entry) and close on 31st October. You can apply online by using your council's application form. If you need more help, please contact us for advice.

Key dates in the transition process include:

  • Primary school visits from Secondary School Transition Co-ordinators - May/June (Before September entry)

  • Admission Meetings - June (Before September entry)

  • Induction Days - July (before September entry)

  • New Parent's Evenings - July (before September entry)

But what if this is not for you... and more importantly your child?

You may already be homeschooling your child.

Or perhaps you feel that combining home-based learning with part-time learning from a tutor is the best option at least through the early years of your child's secondary education?

Or you may simply be looking for an alternative way of learning - a less formal approach to school-based learning?

Possibly, you might want your child to eventually go back to school or take some type of formal testing?

This is where we can help.

At Learn4Life we will facilitate a personalised education, suitable for your child.

  • We combine guided group work with independent and paired activities, primarily in the academic subjects of Maths and Language.

  • There will be no more than 8 in a group.

  • We provide rich and stimulating programmes of study. 

  • We do not adopt a one-size fits all policy. Understanding that all children have strengths and weaknesses, we provide personalised programmes to aid areas of development. A customized education plan will be put in place to enhance your child's unique interests and learning styles.

  • We aim to make learning of the key skills fun.

  • We understand that the socialising aspect is also important.

  • Your child will be taught by a dedicated and committed qualified teacher.

  • Learning about real-life in real-time.

  • We teach at a pace that is appropriate to your child.

  • Smaller groups means time is spent educating each child instead of trying to help others stay focused.

  • We believe deeply in the importance of developing children’s creativity.

  • We have empathy and most importantly we want all children to achieve the best they can and enjoy learning.

  • We provide regular feedback.

  • All our teachers have a degree in Education and have a wealth of UK experience.

  • We offer further education/careers advice, spending time with both you and your child, helping to plan the next stage of their educational/learning journey, based on their current needs (Please also see below for a list of options at 13+).

Advice and options for 13+.

If your child is already at a Secondary School, during Year 9 (ages 13 - 14) your child will choose which subjects to study at Stage 4 (Years 10 to 11 ages 14 - 16). These will be the subjects they will take for GCSE exams. Some subjects are compulsory - English, Maths and Science. There are also optional subjects. These vary from school to school but your child must be offered at least one course in each of the four groups of subjects, called "entitlement areas".

  • Arts (including Art & Design, Music, Dance, Drama and Media Arts)

  • Design & Technology

  • Humanities (Geography and History)

  • Modern Foreign Languages

But, what if you decide to take the Home Schooling Secondary GCSE or Vocational route? We have included here some of the various options available for your child. This includes a list of various alternative options, a selection of useful websites and examples and stories from homeschooling families. Over the course of time, we will add to this page.

  1. Distance (Online) Learning Tutor - Most provide a carefully balanced mix of online and offline study. You can also study with time usually from anywhere in the world.

  2. Home Education packs.

  3. One-to-one personal tuition support from a local subject specialist tutor. A great place to start is your local newspaper or to search on social media.

  4. Check out the "Do-It-Yourself" section on -

  5. Consider an alternative qualification - There are a variety of academic, vocational and citizenship qualifications which may better suit your child. A list can be found at

  6. College Scheme for Home Educated students - Some colleges will accept part-time home-educated students aged 14 - 16. There is a special scheme only for home-educated students in England.

  7. Enrol at a college at 16 part-time or full-time.

  8. University Technical College.

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