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Home schooling (in english) in Brussels/Belgium


Does anyone have any help, advice or information about home schooling British children in Brussels/Belgium? We are considering the options for our 11 year old daughter who is having problems with a french school. The international schools are too expensive so we are now looking at home schooling as a possible option. Any advice would be helpful, thanks in advance...


There is homeschooling in Belgium but I am afraid it does not apply to british/english speaking students. Only French, German, Dutch speaking children are allowed home schooling because yearly official testing/assessment is only available in those languages.

However, I am a regular tutor for English speaking students who are attending school in French. Maybe you should try getting some help before pulling her out from traditional schooling.


Jun 30, 2014 20:01

Hello. I do know of English-speaking families who home school their children. I know they were inspected by the Belgian regional education inspectors. Can you ask advice on the legal side of it from the education department of the region you live in? Good luck with finding out more.

Jun 30, 2014 23:03

Hi. I know that the Christian Center helps to host activities (field trips, etc.) for children being home schooled in English in Belgium. Iam sure if you contact them they can put you in touch with someone who knows how it works. (Many of the children who are part of the homeschool co-op program do not necessarily attend the church. It is a social outlet for them, also).

Jul 1, 2014 08:04

Have a look at this programme/ project.

Home schooling within a structured group setting with support.

Jul 1, 2014 09:20

I'm home-educating four children in English.

Jul 7, 2014 13:52

Alisanna's info is not correct. Tests are not annual and it is not the case that only French, Dutch and German-speaking students are 'allowed' to home educate.

Jul 7, 2014 15:03

I confirm. Alisanna's info is not correct. Any family is allowed to homeschool in Belgium, regardless of languages spoken or taught.
What age are your children, and where are you living?

If interested, you are welcome to join a coffee morning or an English book party next week. We are coming together with a few families that homeschool and prepare for IGCSE and AP exams, as well as for French and Mandarin Language tests. We live near Leuven.

Jul 8, 2014 00:59

Hi Tiptopmama,
I am also thinking of home schooling my 13 year old son who is struggling in the French school system, and I also live near Leuven. I am interested in your group, and knowing more about preparing for the IGCSE´s etc.

Jul 21, 2014 21:37

Hi to tiptopmamma and GiselleGeddes - I am home schooling in English and have been for a while - would love to meet-up with others for social time - I am a teacher by profession so could be a good resource for others. If you would like to meet then let me know - can you private message? thanks =)

Jul 31, 2014 16:37

NIFA - feel free to get in touch too! We would love to find like-minded others to share ideas and support.

Jul 31, 2014 16:44