Homeschooling or Home Schooling is legal in Poland and is also regulated by the Ministry of National Education. According to the official data of the Ministry of Education (January 2023), there are about 14,500 homeschoolers in Poland.
There are certain steps you need to take in order to get Homeschooling right in Poland.
Hello everyone, welcome to the Europetutor community. Today in this article, we will discuss everything there is to know about homeschooling in Poland. I suggest you read the article till the end to have a better understanding of how homeschooling in Poland is done.
Reasons parents choose homeschooling in Poland
- Access to personalized education
- Children with special learning needs
- Non-Polish speaking families
- A solution for traveling families
Legal Requirement for homeschooling in Poland
The following are the legal requirement for homeschooling in Poland.
- School Enrollment is compulsory.
- Homeschooling is allowed for children aged 6 to 18.
- The Educator must have a University degree.
- Children must attend exams at the school at the end of each school cycle.
- If you are an expat, you must teach your kid the Polish language.
Let’s talk about these points in detail.
School Enrollment is compulsory
Your kid must be registered with either a public school or a private school. Also, keep in mind that the school you have enrolled your kid to must allow homeschooling. If the school doesn’t allow it, you should find a new school.
Article 37 (Parts 1-8) of the Polish Educational Law Act states that parents may apply for permission to homeschool from a public or non-public school director within the region the family lives in.
Articles 37, 40.3, and 41.1.1 also enumerate the general conditions for homeschooling, including the requirement of presenting an opinion by the regional public psychological-educational consultancy office, along with some other documents, to the director.
- Your degree, or your educator’s degree
- Passport copies
- Resident permits
- Homeschooling form(filled)
- Documents showing your verified accommodation
- National Health System number
- Social Security number
Your kid must attend exams at School
As you have already registered your kid to a school, he/she must attend exams at the school at the end of each school cycle. If they don’t give the exam, they won’t be transferred to the next level.
If your kid fails, they can give the exam again the following year. If they fail the second time, the school could rule out the homeschooling option and your kid must join the school.
The Educator must have a University degree
Whether it’s you, your partner, or an external educator, one must have at least an undergraduate university degree to teach a homeschooling kid.
Schools require a university degree to be recognized in Poland. If you are an expat, you have to verify your degree in Poland.
If you are an expat, you must teach your kid the Polish language
The exams in schools are taken in the Polish language. If you don’t know Polish, you have to hire someone to teach your kid the Polish language so that they don’t fail in school.
If you have hired an educator from Poland, then they can teach Polish to your kid. No need to hire a 3rd person.
Online Schooling vs Homeschooling
People usually get confused between Homeschooling and Online Schooling.
Let me clear up your confusion.
Online schooling is when your kid learns from online platforms. This involves using an online learning program that connects students to a teacher during live classes, or where students can log on to software to complete coursework with worksheets, lessons, or other learning tools.
On the other hand, Homeschooling refers to a child learning in a home environment without the use of a formal schooling curriculum. This typically places all the responsibility on the parent or guardian. Parents who homeschool (without an online schooling platform) are responsible for creating the lesson content and monitoring the student’s progress and completion of the required coursework.
Benefits of Homeschooling in Poland
- Better health and adequate sleep for the kid
- The greater effectiveness of learning
- Saves time from the daily commute
You can get a lot of benefits from a homeschooling-friendly school.
Here’s what to expect from a homeschooling-friendly school:
Organizing regular meetings for children in the form of workshops, tutorials, and trips.
Organizing parent support groups. Organizing meetings and events for families.
The friendly and stress-free atmosphere during the annual exams.
Access to teaching aids and books from the school’s resources.
Individual support of the student in the learning process, e.g., through tutoring.
If you have any questions or suggestions for us regarding homeschooling in Poland, please let us know in the comment section below.
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