Founder, owner and tutor: Katherine Sleep – My B.A.(Honours) is in Social Behaviour (Psychology and Sociology) and my MBA (Master of Business Administration) focused on Marketing (and was completed jointly in Canada and Finland).
For 15 years, I held progressively senior roles (in the US, Canada and UK) in multi-national Fortune 500 organisations such as Kraft, Mars, Reuters, and Hutchison 3G. I was a Director by the age of 35. I then spent several years as the Tourism Officer on a remote group of sub-tropical Islands before moving into the field of Green Energy, Architecture and the Environment … winning a variety of industry awards. This experience then led to 10+ years of tutoring and lecturing at College and University level (to both undergraduate and graduate students).
I have also been home educating my two sons in the UK for 8+ years, tutoring and mentoring HE children, throughout that time. In addition, I am an Education Embassador for the Museum of Brands, The MERL, and The West Berkshire Museum.
My students thrive on learning which offers both fun and creative elements, as well as a depth of detail and knowledge. I use text, multimedia, practical examples, art & design to bring a subject to life! I am particularly proud of the fact that I have many repeat students, who complete several courses with me year after year!
Browse our reviews below: (you can read more about our partner tutors Caitlin Kendall (English) and Lucy Woodruff (Science) ON THIS PAGE (click to open)
From C (a parent) “5 courses with Kate over the past 2 year. It’s been a slight uphill journey with tutor assessed grading last year, but with Kate’s help she did fabulously. However, luckily this year has been far more straight forward. We have been so lucky with the such a range of fantastic subjects offered by Kate. DD has thoroughly enjoyed all her courses this year and has decided to continue Business and Sociology from last year, onto A Levels. I know this is only due to your enthusiasm in the subjects and excellent teaching. DD really felt this shone through in your happy, friendly personality that came through in your live lessons.
We’re so happy we found HomeMadeEducation and 2 fabulous teachers to study with other the past 2 years!”
From H (a parent) “Can 100% recommend Home Made Education. My son has done two IGCSE subjects this year and the quality of the teaching and the information provided is fantastic and also great value for money”
From P (a parent) ” I can’t recall if I told you but I thought your study skills sessions were absolutely amazing. My undergrads would certainly benefit from them!”
From L (a parent) “I would like to say a huge thank you for the two brilliant short course’s – DS is/has enjoying/enjoyed them so much, they’ve inspired her to not wait an additional year to start the GCSE Psychology. I hope it is not to late to sign up for the live sessions starting this September.”
From N (a parent) “I thought you’d like to know that C got a 9 for his Psychology GCSE 😃 We are obviously delighted! Thank you for your course and all the help and advice you gave us towards the end. I so clearly remember my telephone conversation with you at the beginning of this journey in 2019 – your friendly encouragement was so appreciated”
From M (a student) “Dear Kate, I have just received my results… And I have achieved an A* with 91%!! I can’t thank you enough for all your help throughout the course. I could never have done it without you. This will hopefully set me up for development studies for uni.“
From M (a student) “Thank you so much Kate for all your support with Environmental Management/ Travel and Tourism. I have just recieved my results 😁 Enviromental management A* and an A in Travel and Tourism😊
From J (a parent) “I think you must be a bit magic. Thank you. Its quite an emotional thing for me to see J approaching learning with such gusto. I can’t tell you how much your classes are helping him learn how to learn. It’s not just that he finds you personally so engaging, which is rare in itself, but he is learning how to research and present his ideas. This is something he has never done before.”
From K (a parent) “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. “
From S (a parent) You are an amazing tutor. I can’t thank you enough for everything, from the load of emails I sent you, the help I received, through every process and step. You are truly remarkable. DD was upset on Wednesday saying I wish we could carry on, I don’t want the course to end, I want to hear more of Kate, she made the course so interesting, I never knew I would like Business so much. Thank you ever so much behalf of DD and myself
From T (a parent) Wow – I cannot sing your praises highly enough. Having spoken to several GCSE and home education course providers, Home Made Education was hands-down the most supportive, thorough, friendly and informative. You could charge for your consulting alone! Your time and help were very valuable to me. I felt pretty out-of-my-depth with my children’s GCSE options this morning, but the time you spent with me on the phone left me feeling much more empowered. Thank you so much. I’ll be recommending you onwards to our home-ed community and friends. And we can’t wait to get-cracking and partner with you over the next three years!
From L (a parent): Wanted to say just how much DS is enjoying the mini neuroscience course with you. He absolutely looks forward to absorbing all of it each Friday morning and you completely hold his attention for the full hour which actually is saying quite a lot-he is is utterly engaged in the subject matter and your wonderful vivacious style of teaching and sharing your knowledge. So, a big thank you to you for offering your expertise in this way. So happy that we found you!
From C (a parent) As a parent I’m so happy I found HME and know that you both run excellent courses and my young person 110% feels the same as me.
From N (a parent) 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!
From L (a parent) Kate and Caitlyn you have been amazing, going above and beyond to help our youngsters. Thank you so much
From H (a parent) Thank you so much 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.
From R (a student) Kate and Caitlin, 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
From B (a student): Thank you so much for teaching me Sociology, I feel it has been one of my most formative subjects and has changed my world view….I felt it was important to thank you because you are a wonderful teacher and have taught me many subjects throughout my life that have made me a better, and more engaged student. I wanted to let you know that I have chosen to study Psychology at A-Level, because ever since about … the 2nd lesson in your class, I was enraptured by the way humans work; I am hoping to do Psychology or Sociology at degree level, but if it weren’t for you, I may never have discovered either. Both subjects taught me to better understand people and be more empathetic, and Sociology has made me realise I want to devote my life to activism and social change – so once again thank you, because from the bottom of my amygdala, I love your teaching and I can’t express exactly how much it has formed who I am today, and who I may be in the future. I hope you teach many other students this passion and fascination.
From R (a parent) “I would like to thank you for being such an amazing teacher for M, as she has thoroughly enjoyed all her lessons with you. Every Tuesday she’d look forward to her lessons and not only was the subject interesting but also the way you taught it to your students with so much passion. M really felt like she was on track and knew exactly what she was doing because of your help and guidance. She’s going to really miss her lessons with you. You have done such a great job and I will definitely recommend you to others. THANK YOU!”
From D (a parent): “We highly recommend HomeMadeEducation. My 14 year old has been studying GCSE Economics this year, online, and is motivated, interested, and eager to take more courses with them next year too.”
From M (a parent):” E absolutely loves your class. For a child who has found it almost impossible to write coherent tidy notes. Her files have been a revelation. Thank you for how you have been teaching the class. I never imagined she would enjoy Economics so much.”
From B (parent): Thanks very much for the two years T studied with you. She enjoyed both courses and as a result wants to study psychology at university. We are grateful for the online, live courses and all extra support in between; a stark contrast to her experience at mainstream school.
From C and M (parent and student): 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.
From A (a student): Thank you so so so much for this class, I loved it more than any I’ve been to before!! I really enjoyed the teaching style and the wonderful teacher!
From E (a parent): Just wanted to say thank you for the brilliant green architecture course, E really enjoyed it and it sparked lots of discussions and further research. It’s the first time we’ve ventured into the world of online live learning and it’s worked really well for us, so thank you. She looking forward to the next one.
From R (a parent): I can’t tell you how much your classes are helping J learn how to learn. It’s not just that J finds you personally so engaging, which is rare in itself, but J is learning how to research and present ideas.
From a parent: My son has just finished gcse psychology, done in a year with home made education. it was great, highly recommended – lots of engagement and communication, content was very interesting: my son actually enjoyed this from an academic p.o.v which is not his default by any means! thank you, Kate!
From K (a parent): I am so impressed with your lessons. You are the first teacher he has ever worked with online, whose teaching style he liked! He said he learns a lot from you. You are so much more engaging than a lot of tutors we have tried. Thank you
From J (a parent): L is really enjoying the fashion history course, you’re brilliant!
From K (a parent): We intend to sign up for lots more in September. My daughter loved the IKEA course she did recently so sending you massive thanks for that!
From K (a parent): I can highly recommend Kate who runs Homemade Education. Amazing online teacher who really engages the children on a range of interesting subjects.
From J (a student): Thanks so much for teaching me Kate, you’re the best tutor I ever had!
From V (a parent): And really thank you so so much again I can’t really express it on an email but you’ve been an amazing help and support it’s very very very much appreciated by myself and C. C has really enjoyed her courses with you and I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending you to others.
From S (a parent): B would love to do A level sociology with you…she’s loved the GCSE course! When should we put her name down for Sept 2022?!
From B (a student): I have loved this course it has been so fun thank you so much for it.
From K (a parent): Wow! You are fantastic! It really is appreciated and we are so pleased we found you and your courses! Thank you!
The final student chat at the end of the very last Live, Online Sociology session of April 2020:
- B: i like how everything comes together at the end
- A: wow, thats crazy that we’ve done it all
- C: thank you so much for this course i loved it
- A: i’ve really enjoyed everything
- A: and i feel like everybody has gotten so good at explaining things
- B: it’s been a great class
- D: thank you, it’s been really interesting
- A: my favourite topic was education, even though it made the most sad
- E: Thank you for the lesson, and thank you so much for the whole course. It’s been a pleasure learning sociology, I never would have thought it would be quite so interesting, but boy it was!
- F: thank you ive really enjoyed it
- A: you’ve been such a great teacher kate
- B: gonna miss these lessons
- D: I’m gonna miss the lessons too
- E: Bye and thank you again! I really appreciate all the work you’ve put in to teaching us
From N (a student): I have enjoyed your lessons and look forward to doing the environmental management course with you later (I especially enjoyed the cartoons)
From M (a parent): We are truly fortunate to have found Home Made Education. Would highly recommend to sign up with Home Made. For sure you will receive excellent individual support throughout. Thank you Kate
From S (a parent): We use Homemade Education for Psychology and I wouldn’t hesitate to do another course with them. Far more engaging for students and tutor support and feedback has been great
From B (a student): Thank you so much for helping me and teaching me all through out this course; I really have loved learning it and I loved having you as a teacher.
From S (a parent): Excellent support and materials. Really well priced for what you get too.
From R (a parent): I highly recommend Home Made Education. My daughter is doing quite a few exams this year and Kate’s videos and input have taken the pressure off me needing to be on top top form for every course.
From E (a student): I just got my economics exam results this morning, and I got an 8! Thank you!
From L (a parent): My son is thoroughly loving HomeMadeEducation Sociology and Economics. Good to hear you do A level too; may be next on list
From K (a parent): My girl studied Gcse psychology and loved it ( and got an ‘A’ at 14) – I am hoping she will want to go onto A level at some point as she still talks about everything she learned and clearly has an affinity for it! I can’t recommend HME highly enough! Massive value for money and very approachable
From N (a parent): We’re doing the business and highly recommend it – the tutor definitely goes the extra mile for her students
From S (a parent): We are doing economics with Kate Sneep at Home Made Education. My daughter is loving the course and planning on doing it for Alevel.
From L (a parent): I agree; my son is studying economics with Kate. Brilliant.
From M (a parent): Totally recommend Kate, who helped my son to a B in Business Studies in only 4 short revision sessions – she was so focused and helpful
From B (a parent): My daughter is really enjoying the course. She recently had a two hour revision lesson that was really useful.
From C (a parent): We love HomeMadeEducation. Excellent tutor, excellent course and excellent price. We did lots of research beforehand and HomeMadeEducation was definitely the best choice. Great price, great tutor, great courses.
From C (a parent): We just used her online revision session and it was excellent. Wish we’d followed her whole course!
From E (a parent): Highly recommend – the courses are excellent value and kate, the tutor, is brilliant. her feedback is very useful and ontime, she has a great sense of humour, and knows her stuff. my son has done several courses with them and we think the quality of materials is second to none!
From M (a parent): You made a big difference to D’s confidence and ultimately his grade
From A (a parent): Just a thank you for the super helpful revision session. I sat in for most of it and we talked through the way he would have approached the answers. So pleased we did this now as I can review his attempts at questions and guide in the way you are teaching as extra help for him.
From K (a parent): You are the best! Why didn’t I discover you earlier in my home ed journey!!
From D (a parent): I has been loving your classes again this year, thank you. We keep recommending you to everyone!
From M (a parent): Highly recommend Kath from HomeMade Education. Knowledgeable, professional and personable tuition.
From I (a student): Today I got my results for my economics IGCSE exam…an A! I want to thank you so much for teaching me … I could not have achieved this mark without your skilled teaching and excellent help!
From K (a parent): The lessons are fantastic! This is the best pre recorded lesson we have seen – honestly we have tried a few!
From B (a student): I think you’re a great teacher. Thanks to all of the amazing classes I feel confident and excited to do the exam
From M (a parent): Thank you for your invaluable insight and support in the run up to the exam. I have no doubt that your help made a massive difference to DS’s success.
From T (a parent): Let me say a huge thank you for marking all D’s business papers and giving such good feedback. He achieved an A which we were VERY happy with. Thank you!
From S (a parent): Thank you for your courses Kate, N continues to thrive on them, after a bad experience with another distance learning company you have done wonders to rebuild her confidence in her academic ability again. Thank you!
From K (a parent) : Well, thank you very much, Kate! DD got an A*!
From D (a parent): We highly recommend HomeMadeEducation. My 14 year old has been studying GCSE Economics this year, online, and is motivated, interested, and eager to take more courses with her next year too.
From L (a parent, after some custom exam revision sessions): Thank you for all your help, too. Please do let me know if you find you can teach any more Tuesday morning sessions in the next weeks – I know R would love more lessons … more thanks and best wishes!
From L (a parent): Just a note to let you know that L got an A* in his IGCSE Economics. We are so pleased. Thanks for all your guidance.
From E (a parent): I wanted to ask about G starting another of the courses you offer….which do you think might suit her more? Thank you for your great teaching, help and support!
From K (a parent): I can recommend homemadeducation, my daughter is using them and loving it!
From E (a parent): It’s a pleasure to come across such a conscientious, organised, enthusiastic teacher as yourself!
From M (a parent): E absolutely loves your class. For a child who has found it almost impossible to write coherent tidy notes. Her files have been a revelation. Thank you for how you have been teaching the class. I never imagined she would enjoy Economics so much.
From R (a parent): “I would like to thank you for being such an amazing teacher for M, as she has thoroughly enjoyed all her lessons with you. Every Tuesday she’d look forward to her lessons and not only was the subject interesting but also the way you taught it to your students with so much passion. M really felt like she was on track and knew exactly what she was doing because of your help and guidance. She’s going to really miss her lessons with you. You have done such a great job and I will definitely recommend you to others. THANK YOU!”
From C (a parent) “I can definitely recommend Kay – she teaches my daughter at HEET and she loves her classes as do lots of the other students”
From E (a parent): “My daughter E is really enjoying your class and you as a teacher! Thanks so much for all the extra information you provide.”
From S (a parent): A is really enjoying your class and tells me what a great teacher you are! I am glad that she is really enjoying your class so thank you.
From G (a student): “You don’t find great people like you very often. Thanks for teaching me; you’re a great teacher.”
From S (cousin of a student, who sat in on sessions): “Wow, that was fun. My teacher will really have to up her game now!”
From J (parent of student): “N really REALLY enjoyed it and wrote up a detailed, elaborately illustrated, account of the day this evening!”
From D (parent of student): “Today’s session was truly inspired. You showed them how to look at the collection in a whole new light and it is all A talked about when she got home.”
From C (a parent): Kate from HomeMade Education is very good. She is teaching Psychology and Economics at our classes in Tadley and the students love her classes.