Exciting news – our NEW autumn/winter Course List is now available!

We have some fantastic new courses and some regular favourites, available to book now, just download the full list here … https://homemadeeducation.com/faqs/

(And, a little update, our “Where Our Learners Live” map is still growing and growing; we have recently welcomed new learners in Peru and Mexico!)

November Short Courses

We have some fantastic new Short Courses available online, ‘live’ this November:
*An Introduction to Chemistry – 13yrs(ish)

*Creative Writing – EB2 – IGCSE Level

*Transactional Writing – EB3 – 11+

*Transactional Writing – EB4 – IGCSE Level

*Introduction to Shakespeare – EI5 – 11+

*Fantasy Writing – EFW – 13+

*Songwriting – 11+

*Norse Mythology – 11+

Just contact us for more information or to book a space!

And our new Winter/Spring course booklet will be available shortly after half-term, so watch this space!

Publishing Successes

English (Language and Literature) courses with HomeMadeEducation are taught by our amazing partner tutor Caitlin. Not only is she a highly experienced teacher and board examiner, she also has additional qualifications in teaching Exceptional Learners (along with a Master’s in Creative Writing). Combine that with a warm and witty personality, she’s the perfect package. And add to that … a bit of a bow on top …she is a regularly published author (poetry), runs a home ed summer reading club for fun, gets amazing reviews from her learners (who get amazing results!)

See Caitlin’s new publishing successess:

https://isabellaandus.com/effloresce/effloresce-issue-one

https://www.alchemyspoon.org/

So Proud of our Learners – 2021 exam results (Spring)

Our learners have worked so hard this year and struggled through such challenges. It has been a delight to see how they have been rewarded for their efforts. Just some of the comments from today …

Dear Kate, Huge thanks to you this morning as DS got a 7 in his Psychology GCSE. He is so pleased. I know you went far above and beyond this year to ensure our young people received their grades, and it really has been so appreciated here. Thanks again

Dear Kate, Thank you ever so much for your support while studying travel and tourism through lockdown. I am overjoyed to share my IGCSE travel and tourism results… Thank you again for the fabulous lessons, dedication and support thought the course. I achieved an A-grade!

7! WE GOT 7 IN ENGLISH LANG! YIPPI!….Thank you Kate and Caitlin!

Got DS’s results. So proud of him. 6s and 7s. Thank you so very much Kate and Caitlyn

DS got an 8 in English Language. Thank you for all your hard work Caitlin!!❤

Super proud of DD today, 8 in business, 8 in sociology and a 9 for English language. 🤩
Huge thanks to Caitlin and Kate for your excellent teaching and help and work in getting grades this year. She is super happy and is so glad we chose homemade education, the courses were really good and she enjoyed them.
Roll on September and year 11 for the new courses we’ve chosen. 💗

Kate can’t thank you enough we are overjoyed at DS’s 2 A Stars she worked so hard and loved loved the subjects and her hard work paid off, thank you for being amazing ❤️❤️

Thank you Kate, DD got a 9 in economics, and loves the subject and is planning to take the A level at 6th form.

Hi Kate 😊 I ended up with a 7 in business which I wasn’t expecting at all! Thank you so much for your help over the course and with the other two I’ve done with you. I’m now going onto college to do psychology A levels with criminology and media, as I loved the psychology course with you.

Hi Kate Just wanted to let you know DS got a 7 in her IGCSE Business Studies!! Thank you so much for all your help.

You have been calm and professional throughout the whole debacle. You swiftly answered my questions to the best of your abilities, even if my questions may have been daft or were asked a thousand times before. I will absolutely recommend you and will also sign up again for more courses. Thank you both x

DD is v happy with hers so thanks so much for helping her to achieve and to subsequently believe in herself!

Hi Kate, Just a quick not to say DS got a 6 for his Business igcse. Considering … he’s very relieved!!! Thank you for all your support and help. It really helped to keep him motivated during difficult times 🙂

Thanks for everything you’ve done. C in environmental management is great and hopefully a huge confidence booster.

Thank you so much Caitlin Kendall I got a 9 in both my English’s (lit & lang)!! 🎉 Couldn’t thank you enough! I’m soo pleased, and can’t believe it! ❤ I enjoyed both your courses so much! Thank you very much! Xxx

DD is bursting with happiness with her fantastic 9 in English Language 🤩 Thank you for all your hard work and excellent teaching this year. Roll on next September for English literature. 💗

Kate Omg just found out I got an A in Psychology! Thank you so so much! 🎉 I loved your course from start to end and can’t wait to do it at A-level!! ❤

DS got an A* in EM this morning 😁 very happy and extra proud …Thanks for a great course xxxxx

Thank you so much Caitlin for all of your support, DS got a 9 in his English Language 🤩…..in absolute shock at the moment, thank you again so much ❤️ xxx

Dear Caitlin, Thank you so much for your help. DS got a 5 in English. It is such a miracle for us to pass the exam. DS came to study to you with huge gaps and problems in the language and you were able to help him achieve great results in a year !!! This is a huge victory for us. 💖

We just got her results and she got five 9’s and three 8’s. Good luck to all.

Hi Kate We are thrilled with DS’s 9 in Economics – thank you for all your help and hard work.

DS1 is overjoyed with his 8 in English! DS2 is very very happy with his A* in EM. Thank you so much for your hard work ladies. So very much appreciated. It’s great that my two are moving forward in their studies but sad our time with you has come to an end.

Thank you so much for everything you have done for my daughter. She received 8s in English Language and English Literature! Much gratitude here today.

Kate Thank you so much for such an enjoyable Psychology course! I got an A* and am super happy! Thank you so much 😊

Kate I am over the moon! He Loved your Statistics and Business courses and I was so proud he completed them both in time. The curriculum turned out to be full of writing which is super tough when dyslexia and dysgraphia can hijack learning and hinder producing written work. … He did admirably and was awarded a 6 in business and an 8 in statistics. Thankyou for all your wonderful teaching, excellent course content and the insane efforts you had to put in at the end to support grading. Oh, and your lovely friendly emails through the course.

Dear Kate First of all, even so the word “ thank you “ isn’t enough to express our gratitude for your support during the academic year 2020/2021…. DD did receive her IGCSE results today and it was celebration time here

Thank you so much for all your support over this year Kate. DS and I are absolutely thrilled with his grade 8 for statistics. 🙂

9 here for DS in economics! So pleased as he really understood the the subject thanks to your tuition. Been recommending your courses!

Delighted with DS’s 8 for psychology😄👏🏽Thankyou for such a clear and thorough course structure Kate and your inimitable teaching style which brings such great enthusiasm for the subject and clear guidelines for what is needed to answer questions fully . You offer brilliant courses offering everything that could possible be needed to successfully pass. 🙏✨

Thank you so much for your courses! DDs so happy with her A* in Geography and A in Business Studies x DS also really happy with A* in Eng Lang thanks to Caitlin! 😀

Hello Kate, Hope you are well. DD has achieved Grade 8 in English Language… without (Caitlin’s) help It would not have been possible.

End of Spring Term

Spring term at HomeMadeEducation has come to an end, evidence for grades has been submitted, and we are wishing well to our learners who are leaving us for pastures new – and welcoming new learners to a variety of short courses and GCSE/IGCSE courses! I thought I’d share some of my favourite feedback from this year:

~~”All done. Thank you so much Kate Sneep for everything over the last 2 years. After leaving school after being bullied we found you like a shining star and My daughter has LOVED every class and all 4 subjects that you have encouragingly taught her over the last 2 years. The education department could learn a lot from you. Thank you for your dedication and passion to teaching. ❤️”

~~”Thank you for being such a wonderful tutor in the two years that you’ve taught me Business and Economics. I have now finished my GCSEs and will probably go to collage for A-Levels so it is unlikely that I will take another one of your courses, but business and economics were some of my favourite subjects and every good subject needs a good tutor to teach it, and you were definitely one of the best :)”

~~”He has thoroughly grown to love Economics – you have instilled an enthusiasm for a subject which he was initially sceptical about! Thank you. Wishing you warm wishes and with our sincere thanks”

~~”I just wanted to say that she has really enjoyed the course – she really didn’t want to study English at all, so you should think of this is a big endorsement! DD will never speak up in the lessons, but this is not any reflection on her engagement with the course or your teaching; it’s just not her thing. In fact, she was really motivated, put a lot of work into it and I think she got a lot of confidence from it. I think once she knew that she could just write as ‘DD’ and not have to follow someone else’s plan just to pass and exam, she was much more comfortable.”

~~”thank you so much for the course I have absolutely loved every minuete of it!!”

~~”Just wanted to say thank you so much for providing those prep for IGCSE English classes. DD is really enjoying her classes and she even told me Monday that she can’t wait until Tuesday. When I asked why she replied that she really likes the English classes with homemade! (That’s a comment from a girl, who would break down in tears last year, over any writing basically)”

~~”I really enjoyed this course. I really like that during the lessons there were questions about the extract… I always looked forward to this class and have enjoyed it all throughout the course. I would definitely recommend this course.”

~~”Thank you so much for teaching me this year! I’ve loved every second of it, and am planning on continuing both English and Psychology for my A levels. Thank you so much for making all my GCSEs as easy as you can, I appreciate it so much 😊”

~~”Daughter said Kate’s Business course notes are far better than the book (which she also did has). She found the book so dry and enjoyed Kate’s course notes. Kate’s notes include keywords (you could make flash cards) and the practice questions and activities are really helpful.”

~~”You are the best teachers that we have met in this country. My son first time said, that he liked the teachers!!! Thanks to you, Kate and Caitlin, he had faith and love for a real teacher!”

~~At http://www.homemadeeducation.com, young people make every day amazing!

Why Your Young Person Should Consider Choosing IGCSE Economics, as a subject

IGCSE Economics doesn’t tend to be one of the most popular IGCSEs, which is such a shame! Not only is it fascinating (did you know Economics is a social science, like Sociology?) and informative (deciphering financial news broadcasts will become a doddle) but it’s also extremely valuable in real-life (why are interest rates so important; how can we protect the environment and still create jobs; who cares about minimum wage law). Not only that – it is inspiring – more than 50% of my IGCSE students go on to study Economics at A-Level because they are so inspired by the subject (that they knew very little about, before starting IGCSE. Here is some of my most recent feedback:

” Thank you so much for everything you’ve done for economics, the lessons and the TAGs. I found the lessons very enjoyable and interesting, and I just wanted to let you know that I’m looking forward to starting economics A level in September; because of this course you’ve opened up a whole new subject for me to explore!”

“Thought id let you know I’ve started a business, I’m selling sweet cones for Eid (its the equivalent of Christmas for us) so far I’ve had 11 responses, some quite large. Thanks for teaching me Business and Economics! … I thought I’d just update you on what happened with my business, I sold 140 sweet cones and I had over 600% more profits than the original investment”

“He has thoroughly grown to love Economics – you have instilled an enthusiasm for a subject which he was initially sceptical about!  Thank you. He is going on to study Economics at ALevel”

“Thank you so much for all the tuition, in sociology and economics. They are both subjects that I wouldn’t have thought I’d enjoy, but absolutely loved, found really interesting and will come in useful in general life.”

M and I would like to say a huge thank you for the excellent Economics course you have provided. M has found the content and resources to be exceptional and the online lessons combined with homework and recaps has been very effective at helping him learn. He has developed a love of economics and his learning has steered his future in a new direction. What started out as his ‘extra’ subject has now become his most prominent and inspiring one.  I will let you know what happens with M but for now he would like to study Economics at A-level next term if all goes to plan. Once again, sincerest thanks for your fantastic educational provision and tuition.

Why Study Economics? Money makes the world go around. It plays a big part in politics, society, law, geography, and almost everything else in life. Understanding how people, companies, and countries control their money is one of the most valuable skills to any employer. But, economics is much more than pounds and dollars. It’s a fascinating study of psychology, sociology, of why people make the decisions they make, and how resources are spread out around the world. (UCAS)

Spring News!

Well, we are having an exceedingly busy spring at HomeMadeEducation, managing the TAGs (Tutor Assessed Grades) process for over 150 young people, to ensure they get their grades this Spring, after exams were cancelled. We are delighted to be ensuring they have every chance of success this year!

In other news:

*our updated Spring brochure is available now, it can be found on our FAQs page; we have some delightful new courses available

*all of our September-start GCSE/IGCSE courses are now between 80% – 100% full; if you were waiting to enrol, you may want to do so sooner rather than later! (Don’t despair if the course you are interested in is full, there is a chance we may add an additional section)

Drop us an email if you have any questions or queries!

Announcing! ….

The NEW Spring/Summer/Autumn schedule of late-Primary, Secondary, GCSE/IGCSE and A-Level courses is LIVE now.

We have some old favourites and some exciting new courses available, do have a look, you’re sure to find something amazing for your young learner.

With a track record of fabulous feedback, personal home ed experience, professional expertise and a tremendous result in this past autumn’s GCSEs/IGCSEs … you can count on HomeMadeEducation to provide delightfully unique distance learning.

Our courses always fill fast, so have a look on the webpages or download the catalogue from the FAQs page, and let us know how we can help!

Interactive Courses and Clubs – New for Summer 2021

ZOOLOGIST CLUB (Spring/Summer) ~ Covering a new animal each week, we explore naming, kingdoms, habitats, ecosystems and conservation. From the teeny weeny to the massive, from animals with wings to those that have tusks, from bright pink to deep green – we take a virtual magnifying glass to the life of an amazing array of creatures. A unique Club, perfect for 9-11 yr olds.

THE ALICE CLUB (Spring/Summer) ~ come through the looking glass and join a world of adventure with Alice and friends, as we explore all manner of curriculum subjects, through a variety of fun and fascinating Club activities. Playing cards, flamingos, hats, tea parties and much more are used as ‘jumping off’ points, to explore topics from science to history – no two weeks are the same in Alice’s life! A unique club, perfect for 9 – 11 year olds.

LEADER OF THE LAND (spring/summer) ~ being a world leader takes courage, determination, creativity and just a wee bit of “just do as I say!!”” Develop your leadership and problem-solving skills by taking charge of an island nation – you’ll have some tough challenges to face, some tricky dilemmas, some extra-ordinarily risky choices to make. But you won’t be on your own, you will have trusted, experienced advisors there by your side, to help you along your way. You’ve got a few months to make your mark – will it be an impressive one?! A unique critical thinking course for 11 – 14yr olds.

YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS CLUB (Spring/Summer) ~ Children are idea factories, problem solvers, creative thinkers! In this Club, we introduce entrepreneurial thinking and the principles of start up opportunities – guiding and supporting children to develop ideas and make decisions, from branding to marketing and ultimately bringing their idea into reality. Young people learn by real world experiences, the challenges and rewards that come from being an entrepreneur. Suitable for young people aged 11-14.

And if you are looking to stay on track with the curriculum, Ellis’s Worldventures are perfect: click PRIMARY or click SECONDARY

We hope you find something perfectly unique for your perfectly unique young person

Announcing – New Exam Skills and Revision Sessions

“Thank you SO much for the exam technique lesson … it was a game changer!”

www.HomeMadeEducation.com has a wide range of GCSE/IGCSE exam preparation and exam skills courses available starting in January, to help your young person develop both the skills they need and also a portfolio of work showing their knowledge and progression.

See the full range here … https://homemadeeducation.com/portfolio/exam_revision/

NEW! Ellis’s Worldventures

World-ventures – 5 different courses covering 5 core subjects, our inquisitive character ‘Ellis’ will take learners on an incredible journey through different times and places, exploring key curriculum topics along the way.

An unconventional ‘course’ where you can step into Ellis’s life of adventure and exploration. Written in first person, to the young person, Ellis brings ideas and concepts embedded within an entertaining storyline. These courses are designed to teach key curriculum ideas by building in foundation concepts without repetition and traditional ‘practice questions’.

Your young person will be eagerly anticipating Ellis’s weekly updates (with a lesson buried within!), activities, and interactions … a creative and interactive way to develop pre- and early-Secondary stage knowledge.

Structure:

  • Worldventures runs over 50 weeks, with weekly updates every Monday
  • Each week brings Ellis’s “update” which includes:
    • a new engaging and interactive video story
    • Ellis’s Update – story document
    • engaging and interactive activities
    • (all with curriculum content built in!)
  • Just log in to our learning platform each week, and find the latest update from Ellis’s worldventure

Course Starts Dates: New enrolments for the full ‘course’ start on the 1st of each month

Course Fees:  Available for a yearly subscription fee of only £50

Primary (9-11yrs) Click here

Secondary (11-13yrs) Click here

Tutors and Exams – Exam Centres in the UK

We are delighted to say that we are working in partnership with Tutors and Exams, to help ensure that our UK exam candidates have access to great value, friendly and accessible exam centres.

All of our learner families are now entitled to the Partner fee when quoting our specific partner code, when booking an exam with Tutors and Exams. Do also note that their Access Arrangement fees, detailed in the fees list, have been reduced by 50% for this year!

We hope this gives you help and piece of mind,

Kate

Tutors and Exams provides examination and assessment facilities primarily aimed at private and home educated candidates. The company was established six years ago by husband and wife, Jenny & Chris Spraggett, both of whom have a wealth of experience working in the examination/education sector. In those intervening six years Tutors and Exams has evolved into a much valued and respected examination venue. 
 
Tutors and Exams currently have four examination centres located around the country: Bolton, Coventry, Wimbledon and Doncaster. We anticipate opening our fifth centre, located in Cambridgeshire, this Autumn in readiness for January 2021 and Summer 2021 exam series. All are approved for examination delivery by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ). 

In addition to our examination centres we also have a dedicated Science laboratory based in Birmingham with the ability to deliver A Level Science practicals all year round (consecutive four day course for each subject, or intensive two day course over weekend).  We also have access to another Science laboratory located in a London school available to offer Science practicals outside of term time. 

In 2019/20 Tutors and Exams delivered examination assessment to over 2,400 learners. We cater for 95% of all GCSE/GCE and IGCSE subjects alongside Functional Skills and have a dedicated SEN specialist who can assist in organising access arrangements if required. 

We work in partnership with many large, respected distance learning providers, and we very much value the relationship we have with them to deliver high quality assessment to their candidates. We also accommodate private training organisations delivering qualifications to sizeable cohorts geographically spread throughout the UK. 
 
We provide examination facilities for a growing number of universities to facilitate their distance learning programmes.  The University of London, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh Napier University, Loughborough University and Edinburgh Business School are already valued clients. Cambridge Assessment Admissions Testing is also available too. 

www.tutorsandexams.uk