Home Education – Boon or Bane?

home education

As the name clearly indicated, children are educated at home and not in public or private schools. Home education is legal in the UK, and the teacher is not obligated to have experience as a teacher. More often than not, the parents are the ones who teach their children. However, they can hire professional tutors if they’d like their child to specialise or train in a particular subject.

There are practically no rules to home education. Depending on what the child is most comfortable with, he/she is taught using those methods. Hence, home education can include a variety of mediums like audio books, video tutorials, laptops, and tablets among others.

Legalities Associated with Home Education

In England, a bill about home schooling was introduced in November 2009. The Department for Children Schools and Families was responsible for introducing this bill. But, the royal assent was given only on April 8th.

Education is compulsory, schooling is not!

This is a popular phrase that has been going on around in the UK. In fact, home education is a part of section 7, that falls under “education otherwise”.

Reasons to Choose Home Education

Some parents have logical, yet ethical and religious beliefs for deciding to educate their children at home. While some families are globetrotting all over the world for work and it becomes more of a compulsion for them to educate their children as they travel.

In some cases, the student is troubled at school or just cannot settle in the environment of school. Some parents feel that the teachers are not worthy enough or their method is not up to the mark.

Whatever the reason, a lot of parents these days are opting to home educate their children.

The Pros and Cons of Choosing Home Education

While home education is a debatable choice, there are a lot of advantages as well as disadvantages. Let’s take a look at few of them.

Pros of Home Education

Freedom to Choose Subjects: The students getting home schooled get to select their topics and subjects. They can very easily concentrate on subjects that they are really good with and excel in those.

Freedom to Study: Students get to schedule their time to a certain extent. There is no fixed time, and during the entire day they can choose to study at their most preferred time.

No Stress: Since there is no way to compare how a home educated student is performing at studies as compared to the children studying in school, they aren’t strained under peer pressure, competition, boredom or bullying. Several researches state that most students in school tend to develop low self-esteem.

Sense of security: in any case or any kind of mishap the family has to be together to help each other out through those times at that moment school stress can be diminished.

Cons of Home Education

Reduced Physical Activity: If the home education schedule only involves concentrating on studying, then there may be times when children don’t get enough exercises or outdoor play time as they would in a school.

Hard Work for Parents: Since there is no governing body who will pre-determine what the syllabus will be like every term, parents need to do their own research, compare notes and figure out the syllabus for the whole year on their own. Self-discipline becomes a very strong quality to ensure their children don’t miss out on learning anything.

Financial Stress: Since either the father or the mother needs to stay-at-home all day to teach and supervise their children, it’s not possible for one parent to work anymore. Hence, difficulties in finances may arise.

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7 Benefits of a MBA Degree

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Owing to the many MBA courses offered online and offline, many individuals often think whether it will really help them or is it just another course where they will have to spend excessive money. MBA has soon become imperative for many after their graduation degree. It seems like the trend to follow for many students.

However, there must be good reasons why you choose to do an MBA. You must understand how it can affect your life in terms of profession and analyse whether it will be worth the money you invest. A MBA degree is surely an investment that pays off good returns. The following are a few benefits of pursuing your MBA.

#1-Higher Salary

On an average, a MBA surely gets a better salary compared to only a university graduate. Your package immediately rises owing to your degree and you get a chance to uplift your pay immediately after you complete your education. Most colleges also have placements where you get excellent offers from top companies, giving you incredible salaries.

#2-Better Career Opportunities

Just like your salary, your career opportunities also grow after your MBA degree. You get a chance to pursue management roles in top companies, which may seem difficult with just a graduation degree. In most cases, you will find the top management of companies to be MBAs from renowned colleges.

Also, if you want to change your career path or look at new avenues in terms of your career, an MBA degree will open many new doors for you.

#3-Strong Business Network

You get a chance to lay foundation for a strong business network for the future. Your colleagues will become management people of big companies in the future and you never know whose help you might need in your career.

Also, in the course of your education, you get to interact with many professors and teachers who have established themselves in the business world. This gives you the opportunity to create a wonderful network for yourself.

#4-Personal Development

MBA is not just about a good salary or career; it also gives you ample of time to grow as a person. You learn many new things about yourself along with pushing your limits and gaining excellent insights about yourself as a person.

You learn to work in teams, give presentations, and submit assignments within tight deadlines and work day and night to achieve your goals. This helps you become stronger and ready to face the corporate world.

#5-Professional Growth

Once you have a MBA degree, you become better to handle professional problems. Your outlook towards work changes and you are more equipped to face hurdles. In the course of your profession, you are bound to face many challenges and pursuing a MBA will help you get ready to face all these professional challenges that come your way.

#6-Acquire New Skills and Knowledge

You will be surprised at the amount of knowledge you gain while studying for your MBA degree. Your horizons will increase and you will grasp interesting facts about subjects you hardly knew anything about. You get out of your comfort zone and learn lots of new things. You become a student of life again and start looking at every problem as a new opportunity to grow and develop.

#7-Better Approach towards the Business World

A MBA degree is your gateway into the real business world. It opens up your mind and gives you a better understanding of what exactly goes on in the business scenario. You can also consider entrepreneurship after completing your MBA since you gain a holistic approach towards conducting a successful business.

It is definitely rewarding to pursue a MBA degree and it will enhance your skills and personality in many ways.

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Teacher’s Training

Teacher's Training

Why International House is one of the best and highly experienced teacher training team?

Our trainers regularly travel to teach and train in other contexts and are constantly updating their own skills with wide range of courses including: CELTA, IHC, DELTA, Distance DELTA Orientation Courses, YL courses, Refresher Courses, Seminar programmes. Over 130 schools in over 40 countries to choose from after your course.
  • Courses for teachers in private and state schools, primary and secondary levels
  • Internationally recognised qualifications
  • High contact time with tutors on all courses
  • Courses designed to meet your group and individual needs
New! International House Certificate On-Line! For more information click here

Initial Training Courses to become a qualified language teacher recognised course leading to the appropriate qualification

  • 4-week intensive course leading to the Cambridge ESOL certificate in teaching English to speakers of other languages
  • Most widely recognised international initial teaching qualification learn more….
  • International House Certificate (IHC, a four-week intensive course)
  • Intensive 4-week course on which the CELTA was based
  • Recognised by all International House schools worldwide learn more….
Advanced Training-DELTA Intensive
  • suitable for teachers with minimum of 2 years’ full time experience
  • most advanced practical teaching qualification – vital to apply for senior academic positions
  • intensive 8-week course leading to the Cambridge ESOL DELTA qualification learn more…

Specialist Teacher Development Courses

  • Refresher courses for teachers of primary and secondary school language learners
  • Seminar and seminar programmes to meet the needs of your staff in their teaching context, including teaching IELTS classes, one-to-one, IT for language teachers
For further details of any of these courses, contact us on 0191 2329551 or by e-mail on tt@ihnewcastle.com Teacher Development at IH Newcastle Course Details Refresher Courses for 2006 Course titles Outline Length Fees Minimum requirements Refresher Courses for teachers of primary, secondary or adult language learners. The courses will:
  • Develop your awareness of current trends in language teaching
  • Give you new ideas and materials to use in your own classrooms
  • Update and develop your awareness of contemporary everyday English
Some of the course content will be negotiated with course participants who can select options from:
  • motivating language learners
  • contemporary culture in English-speaking countries lexical approaches
  • task-based approaches
  • incorporating authentic materials
  • learner-based teaching
All applicants are asked to complete a needs analysis form so that we can ensure that the course meets your needs and wants. 2 weeks minimum course hours: 50 Dates: Refresher courses 2006
  • 3rd – 14thJuly 2006
  • 17th – 28thJuly 2006
  • 31st July – 11th August 2006
£500.00 FCE or equivalent One-to-One IntensiveTEFL Refresher CourseAims:
  • To broaden skills and awareness of current methodology
  • Update your awareness of current trends in language teaching and learning
  • Equip you with a range of classroom ideas
  • Suitable for teachers who have had a break from teaching
  • One to one mentoring by one of our teacher training staff on a basis
  • 15 hours teaching/ observation and feedback plus self access preparation time
  • Input sessions – also on a one to one basis

Dates flexible and available on demand 1 week - minimum course hours: 25

One to One for £600.00

Candidates should hold an initial teacher training qualification (e.g. CELTA, IHC) and have teaching experience. Course Participants may be native or non-native teacher but must be proficient users of English

Additional course dates can be organised to suit groups. Our course administrator will discuss your preferred dates with you, and will contact you to confirm that courses are available.

General Information for Refresher Courses:

All applications and needs analysis forms are checked by tutors. Please complete the application in full and return the application form to: tt@ihnewcastle.com.

Initial Teacher Training Qualifications:

International House Certificate

IHC A course in English language teaching for new teachers or teachers with little or no formal qualifications, recognised in the IH World network. The course aims to develop teaching skills through observed teaching practice and seminars, develop lesson planning skills and language analysis for teaching 4 weeks.

Minimum course hours: 120 £995 CAE or above

For further details of our IHC course and for the course dates scheduled for 2004, please contact us at tt@ihnewcastle.com.

Distance DELTA

Distance learning programme prepares teachers for the Diploma in English Language Teaching to Adults (DELTA). Candidates can work at their own particular schools worldwide. Developed by International House London and the British Council and is accredited by the Cambridge ESOL.

Two-week orientation course

Next orientation at IH Newcastle : 13th – 23rd March 2006 then 4th to 15th Sept 2006. For an application and further details of the course, contact IH London at www.ihlondon.com.

DELTA Exam preparation course

Course Dates: 22nd to 26th May 2006

Course Times: Contact: 2.00 – 5.00 (Some group work, some individual)

Self-Access: minimum of 3 hours per day

3 tasks set per day for self-access work

a) language research task

b) materials-based task

c) actual exam question

Aims of the course:

  • Familiarise candidates with the exam format
  • Provide “exam tips”
  • Give candidates criteria for evaluating students’ writing and improve their skills in this area.
  • Improve candidates’ ability to identify written errors and the reasons behind these.
  • Extend the range of writing development activities with which candidates are familiar.
  • Increase awareness of key features of a range of authentic texts, and improve awareness of style/ genre.
  • To improve language awareness across four systems areas.
  • To identify areas of weakness in language awareness to be addressed in self-study.
  • To improve ability to exploit authentic texts to produce lessons with sound aims.
  • To improve ability to access the suitability of materials for a particular level and teaching context.
  • To highlight and give practice in identifying the principles behind published ELT materials.
  • To evaluate the effectiveness of materials to a specific context.
  • To encourage candidates to relate their own teaching experience to the DELTA written exam.
  • To provide practice in timed planning and writing of exam questions.
  • To give developmental feedback on the above.


Your place on any course is not secure until we receive a deposit. All fees must be paid one month before the start of the course. Management reserves the right to postpone or cancel any course due to insufficient student numbers or operational difficulties.

Teacher Development Seminars

A series of seminars which will be delivered by experienced teacher trainers from our centre. These seminars can be delivered at our teacher training department or we can come to you.

Seminars generally last for 2 hours.

Single seminars or a series of seminars can be booked. We can also tailor seminars to meet the needs of your participants.


A selection of the seminars we can offer:

1. Using the Internet Seminar 1: Sites for English teachers – and what to do with them

A session focussing on a range of sites exploitable for language teachers both inside and outside the classroom.

How to find / assess sites, what to do with them when you’ve found them!

2. Using the Internet Seminar 2: The Internet as a Tool for Project work

A workshop style session focussing on using the Internet for a series of lessons leading to a project

3. Task-Based Learning Seminar 1: an introduction

What is it? Why do it? How can it be exploited in the classroom?

4. Task-Based Learning Seminar 2: TBL and culture

How to integrate TBL into a series of lessons on the theme of culture

5. Drama in the Language Classroom

Practical ideas for adults in the language classroom

6. Accessible Phonology

Accessibility for language teachers and language learners

7. Dictation

The theoretical background and a range of stimulating and valuable classroom ideas

8. Literature Seminar:

exploiting literature, including poetry, in the language classroom

9. Music and Song:

A focus on the rationale for exploiting music and song and a range of practical ideas

10. Exam Classes Seminar 1: IELTS

IELTS isn’t boring! A seminar on the value of a communicative approach in preparing learners for the IELTS. Practical ideas for delivering this. Seminars can be designed to meet your specifications, and we are happy to discuss the needs of your staff to identify these.

For further information on any of these courses, please contact us on 0191 2329551 or tt@ihnewcastle.com.

Frequently Answered Questions

1.What is the difference between CELTA, TEFL (EFL), ESL and TESOL?

CELTA is the name of the qualification known as the Cambridge certificate in teaching English to speakers of other languages. It is the name of the course and the qualification. It is the most widely recognised initial teaching qualification in this field.

TEFL or EFL stands for: ‘Teaching English as a foreign language.” It is what happens if you teach English to Italian people in Italy. It isn’t the name of a qualification.

ESL is teaching English as a second language. In this case you may be teaching immigrants or people in a situation where they speak another language at home but need to use English as they live in an English speaking country.

TESOL stands for teaching English to speakers of other languages. It includes both ESL and EFL.

2. Is there a deadline for applications?

No, there isn’t. However courses can fill up very quickly, especially in the summer. It is recommended you apply at least two months in advance or contact us to check that there are places left on the course you want to apply for.

3. How long will I have to wait to hear from you after I post (or send electronically) the application form?

Usually within a week of the application being marked by a tutor.

4. Do I need to have an interview before being accepted?

Yes, you do. The interview will take place at International House Newcastle. Candidates are often interviewed in small groups.

5. Can I be interviewed by telephone?

If you live abroad then ‘yes’. You call us at a pre arranged time. Telephone interviews usually take about 30 minutes.

6. How do I pay for the course?

After receiving an offer of a place, you pay a deposit of £200. The balance is due one month before the start of the course. You can pay with cash, by cheque, credit or bank card or by bank transfer.

7. Where can I get details on the syllabus?

Visit the Cambridge ESOL website: www.cambridge-efl.org and you will be able to download a complete syllabus.

8. Do I need a degree to do this course?

Not necessarily. You must have qualifications which would normally enable you to enter higher education though (GCSE and ‘A’ levels or equivalents). However, you should note that many countries require a degree in order to get a working visa.

9. Do I need to be able to speak foreign languages to do the course?

No, you do not. All teaching is carried out in English. However, if you can speak one or more foreign languages this may be of use to you, as you may be more aware of how languages in general work and able to view language from the perspective of a language learner.

10. English is not my first language. Can I still apply?

Yes, you can. However, your level of English and your language awareness must be as good as that of an educated native speaker. Both native and non native speakers sometimes fail to be accepted onto the course because their own use of English is not up to standard or their language awareness is very weak.

11. Is the course just for young people?

No, not necessarily. A person of any age who is able to do the course may do it. Many courses are made up of a mixture of young undergraduates together with other people of varied ages and diverse backgrounds who are looking for a career change or new challenges in life.

12. How intensive is it – really?

It is very intensive…but if you are in good physical, mental and emotional health it is doable plus being highly rewarding and stimulating. There is a heavy workload. You have to attend seminars and workshops, plan lessons and write lesson plans, take part in teaching practice and feedback, observe your peers and experienced teachers, research and write assignments. You cannot expect to be able to do anything else or have much of a social life. Your family and friends should be made aware that you will be totally committed to the course for four weeks.

13. How many people will be on the course with me and how many tutors will there be?

Courses are usually run for either twelve or eighteen candidates. There is always one tutor to every six trainees. You are together for input sessions but split into groups of six for teaching practice. The ratio of tutors to trainees is therefore always at least 1:6.

14. Who are the tutors?

The tutors are very experienced teachers who have worked in a range of teaching contexts. They have all received special training and are all individually approved by Cambridge ESOL.

15. What should I wear during the course?

The dress code in most EFL schools, including International House Newcastle, is ‘smart casual’. Dress to make your students feel comfortable. You need to consider the context in which you will be working. Areas to consider include revealing clothes, tattoos and piercings.

16. I would like a day off to attend my university graduation ceremony. Is this OK?

Sorry, but no. You must attend the whole course. Time off cannot be taken for any reason other than serious ill health or close family bereavement. Even in this case you will have to make up what you miss and you may put yourself in danger of failing the course. We cannot accept candidates who know in advance they will miss any part of the course.

17. Is it possible to fail?

Yes, it is. Non completion of any of the course elements causes an automatic fail. During the course, if you are in any danger of failing, your tutors will warn you; inform you of areas you need to work on and give you as much help and support as they can or is permitted at any stage of the course. Worldwide, only between 3 and 8 percent of candidates fail the course or withdraw before completing it.

18. Will my qualification ever expire?

No, once you’ve got it it’s for life! However, bear in mind it’s only the start of your development as a teacher. You will continue to develop your teaching skills for as long as you teach.

19. How easy is it to get a job in English Language Teaching?

That depends on where you want to teach. There are often vacancies in Eastern Europe and countries where English language teaching is a new industry like China and Vietnam. You may find it more difficult get your first position in Western Europe although after one or two years’ experience elsewhere it becomes much easier. There are a lot of vacancies in the UK for teachers during the summer months. Many teachers like to work abroad during the academic year but come back and work in the UK during the summer.

20. How do I go about getting my first job?

You will receive an input session on the career path ahead when you do your course. International House Newcastle is an interview centre for the International House World Organisation and you may be interviewed here for positions in any of the IH schools worldwide. Other good sources of information include the Guardian (Tuesday edition) and the internet.

21. How much can I expect to earn?

Salaries vary from country to country and school to school. Salaries are usually paid in local currency and may seem low until you take into account the cost of living of the country you may be working in. Some schools may offer a package which includes accommodation and other benefits. All International House schools guarantee you will receive a salary enabling you to have a good standard of living in the country you are working in. See ‘Teaching English Abroad’ by Susan Griffiths for country by country information.

22. Do schools generally pay for flights?

Most IH schools do although they may not for shorter contracts. With all schools, this is a question you must ask before signing a contract.

23. How long do contracts usually last?

Contracts are often for one academic year (September to June). In South America and Japan this begins in January however. Because of the expense of flying teachers abroad, some more distant schools may offer two year contracts. Short term contracts of three or six months are also sometimes available. Contracts can often be renewed by mutual agreement between the teacher and the management of the school concerned.

24. I’ve been offered a job. Should I take it?

Do your homework first. Ask questions such as: Is there a contract? Is the pay hourly or monthly? If it is hourly, will I be guaranteed a certain minimum hours of work a month? What is the maximum number of contact (actual teaching) hours? Are accommodation and or return flights provided? Is there teacher support in the form of a Director of Studies or Senior Teacher who can help me to plan lessons? Is there scope for professional development in the form of seminars and observed lessons? Will I be expected to work split shifts i.e. morning and afternoon? How many days a week will I be expected to work? How much time can I expect to spend each day travelling to work or off site contracts? How does the salary compare with other skilled jobs in that country? Will I receive lessons in the local language and will these be free?

25. Does the CELTA qualify me to work as a teacher in a State school?

No, it does not. Most CELTA graduates go on to teach in private language schools either in the UK or abroad. However, see the next question.

26. I’ve heard that the CELTA counts towards a qualification to be a teacher in Further Education in the UK. Can you tell me more?

CELTA forms the first module of the new Cambridge two module course designed for that purpose. CELTA candidates can therefore progress onto Module Two of ‘The Certificate in Further Education Teaching for ESOL Subject Specialists’. As this is all very new, more details will be published later. See the Cambridge ESOL site for details: www.cambridge-efl.org

27. Is it possible to make a career in English language teaching?

Yes, most certainly. After a two or three years teaching in a range of teaching contexts, you could take the next level qualification, the DELTA (Diploma in English Language Teaching to Adults). After this you might consider a role in teacher support such as ‘senior teacher’ which could lead on to ‘ADoS’ (assistant Director of Studies) and then to Director of Studies. Eventually you might consider doing an M.A. in ELT and moving into teacher training or ELT management.

EU Funding

Teachers from the European Union or eligible associated countries can apply for EU funding for SOCRATES or COMENIUS 2.2 grant-supported projects. Teachers can apply for any International House Teacher Training course even though they may not be included in the SOCRATES database.

Applicants need to pre-register with International House before submitting an application with their SOCRATES/COMENIUS 2.2 National Agencies.

More detailed information can be obtained by logging on to www.socrates-uk.net or your local SOCRATES National Agency website.

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