HEAS is a national home education charity based in the United Kingdom. It is dedicated to the provision of advice and practical support for families who wish to educate their children at home in preference to sending them to school. Interest in home education is increasing and HEAS recognises that reliable information should be available for everyone.
HEAS was established in 1995 by a group of experienced home educators in order to provide good quality information on both the legal and practical aspects of home education. Since then HEAS has given information to many families and also to education authorities, other professionals, academic researchers, politicians, voluntary agencies, the media and other bodies.
HEAS offers information for home educators including advice about educational materials, resources, GCSE examinations, special educational needs, information technology, legal matters and curriculum design. HEAS produces a range of leaflets and the Home Education Handbook. In addition HEAS subscribers receive the quarterly HEAS Bulletin (this will transfer to our Subscribers’ area from the end of August 2016), access to the Advice Line, the HEAS registration card (for home educating families) which gives free or reduced rates of admission to certain museums and sites of interest, access to our advice line, ‘Social Life’ listings for the UK which will be accessible from our website.
HEAS believes that every parent should receive full information about their children’s education – including information about the facts of home education. Many parents say “I wish I’d known about this years ago”, and HEAS is working to increase public awareness of home education. Some parents choose the home option at the outset, while others undertake it as a last resort when there are insuperable problems at school. There are many different reasons but HEAS upholds the right of parents to make their own arrangements for their children’s education at home. HEAS believes that home education has much to offer and the experience of many families shows that it can be enjoyable and rewarding for both parents and children.