Skill Development for Home Educators from OneStep CPD
Education is compulsory. School is not.
Home educators represent a large body of educators in the UK: the Twinkl Home Educator Facebook group has over 9.5k users, and there are over 60,000 children being educated at home in the UK. The reasons for home education are varied and personal, centred around providing the best possible care for children and young people.
Yet with such a huge amount of homeschooling teachers, what professional skill development is available to home educators? Thousands of homeschoolers share tips and resources online and in communities, but in terms of upskilling delivery, there are few services available. OneStep CPD can help to support parents and carers to deliver the best education possible for their children.
So, how can OneStep help support Home Educators?
OneStep CPD is completely online and free. You can access OneStep and work on your course at a time that suits you and your timetable. We've got a range of content that'll help with your skill development and help you get the most out of your teaching.
Upskill how you deliver content
Most home educators work on a small ratio of adults to learners, which is a great opportunity to support children to develop their knowledge and confidence. With such a small group it will also help you to assess children quicker and pinpoint their strengths and weaknesses. From there you can tailor lessons accordingly to help them reach their targets. This is a brilliant way to make your sessions more personalised.
Putting children first is at the heart of quality education. Use OneStep to discover what works best to help your child learn, and find out the most effective strategies for you as well.
Active learning and boosting children’s confidence
Build your own confidence by discovering tried and tested strategies. Unlike other CPD, OneStep is transformative: this means we focus on developing how you teach, rather than just telling you lots of information. This means you are participating in active learning with actionable strategies. We also have courses designed to increase children’s confidence.
Demonstrate your commitment to providing a quality education
At the end of your course, you will receive a case study which summarises your reflections over the 6 weeks and evidences the impact your strategy has had on your teaching and the children.
Familiarise yourself with good-quality resources
When you set out the journey to home education it's important you familiarise yourself with the relevant resources and information needed to make informed decisions.
You can start by viewing resources on Twinkl and explore all the resource there is to offer. Twinkl offer resources for EYFS right up to GCSE age, so you'll be sure to find something that suits you and your child. All of which have been designed by our range of experienced teachers to help fellow home educators deliver knowledgable and exciting lessons that are all in line with the National Curriculum.
You can also use this opportunity to get to know the child your teaching to adapt lessons to their needs accordingly.
You can assess the following to help create the perfect lesson for you and your child:
- Find out their interests
- Structure a routine that works best for them
- Be prepared to be flexible and assess what works best for you both
Alternatively, visit the Twinkl Home Education page to find the perfect resource for you and your child.
Which courses should I choose?
We have several courses that are particularly applicable for Home Educators. Something to note when you are reading the individual strategies within the courses: there will be references to ‘classrooms’ and ‘teachers’. Regardless of which room you teach in your home, it is a classroom, and you are a teacher as you are responsible for your child’s learning.
Therefore, do not be put off if we mention teachers and class; when we say teachers, we mean you. When we say classrooms, we mean your home or wherever you choose to teach.
OneStep is perfect for Home Educators to access academically informed, tried and tested methods to help provide the best education for your children. That’s why “Home Education” is listed as a school type on OneStep’s sign up system.
Knowledge is the basis of all academic education. Ensure that you are delivering knowledge effectively.
Once you have taught your child some knowledge, they need to be able to remember it and use it in appropriate situations. This category will provide activities to facilitate this.
Assessment is often seen as a dirty word in education, but it does not just refer to large exams like GCSEs and SATs. You assess children every hour of the day to see what they can and can’t do so you can intervene when necessary and plan the next session effectively. Feedback likewise has connotations of ‘negative feedback’, but it is best when it is constructive and focuses on what the child can do to improve. These two categories will help you assess and provide feedback more effectively to help your children continually improve.
Make the most of child-led, 1:1 time to develop your child’s metacognition skills and mastery of topics.
Outdoor Learning (If you have access to a garden)
Link outdoor play to learning to go on inside your house. (Depending on the Great British weather!)
The basis of all education is planning. Without planning there can be no effective learning. This category has over 22 courses you can use to test how you plan your learning episodes and which leads to a positive impact.
Take advantage of a flexible timetable to develop your child’s aerobic and balance skills, and provide natural breaks for physical activity in the day.
There are lots of great, tried and tested methods to use questioning to build on children’s knowledge and understanding.
Pupil talk - Focus on developing your child’s confidence in speaking.
Effective Oral Reading in Class - Develop confidence in reading aloud and developing comprehension.
Writing Composition Skills - Empower your child to write effectively and for a purpose, increasing their motivation to write more often and well.
Supporting Shared Reading - How do you read with your child? Do you ask the right questions? Tweak how you read with your child and see if there is a noticeable difference in their understanding of texts.
OneStep CPD champions authors, teachers and pedagogists through our strategies, allowing everyone to test ideas and adopt what works. Our blog does the same, providing a platform for anyone with an interest in education to share good practice and great ideas.
All opinions are those of the author and not necessarily OneStep CPD.