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Welcome to Education Otherwise™
The home education charity

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Founded in 1977, the charity is a powerhouse of support and professional expertise in home education.

Our dedicated team of experienced trustees and volunteers are available to answer your queries through our freephone helpline, available 6 days a week on 0300 1245690

Wherever you are on your home education journey, you can find links to hundreds of useful resources here.


The professionals area aims to give greater understanding of home education to the various professionals who may meet home educating families within the course of their duties.

Please feel free to share these with anyone who you feel may benefit from learning more about home education.

Our work

A lot goes on behind the scenes of Education Otherwise. We work closely with the Government, the media, and local authorities. By encouraging a greater understanding of home education, we promote and protect the rights of home educating families.

Our funding

As a charity, we rely solely on donations from our generous home education community and other individuals who feel strongly about our right to choose how we educate our children.

All funds Education Otherwise receives are spent on the charity’s running costs. For example, paying for the freephone advice line, the online costs for this website and relevant training for our Trustees and Volunteers. Our Trustees and Volunteers are unpaid for the work they do. We all work together for the common aim of keeping the choice of home education open for all.

We are here to support home education for your children,
and your children’s children.

Education Otherwise™
Registered charity: 1055120