Home Education and Distance Learning
What is homeschooling, home education or distance learning?
Home education (often referred to as homeschooling) is where parents choose to educate their children at home instead of sending them to a traditional public or private school. Families choose to homeschool for a variety of reasons, including:
- dissatisfaction with the educational options available;
- different religious beliefs or educational philosophies;
- sport and/or cultural commitments where the child’s schedule cannot be accommodated by a traditional school;
- learning challenges; and more.
Is homeschooling legal?
Yes. Home education is a legally recognised alternative to formal education in South Africa. It was legalised in 1996 and Section 51 of the South African Schools Act states that parents have the option to register their child with the Head of Department of a Provincial Education Department should they wish to educate their child at home. Please refer to our page on Legal Considerations for a summary of the legal aspects surrounding home education.
What is the difference between homeschooling and traditional schools?
Homeschooling provides the flexibility that traditional schools cannot offer. In general, parents decide to homeschool when their child has particular needs that cannot be accommodated within a traditional school such as a busy sports schedule where they cannot attend a traditional school for months on end, or where the learner needs dedicated attention and larger school classes cannot accommodate this.
Will my child be able to migrate back into a mainstream school?
Yes. At Impaq, we follow the CAPS curriculum, which means that our lesson material and educational products adhere to the curriculum directives set out by the Department of Education. Your child can easily migrate back into a mainstream school if the need arises or can finish their Grade 12 with Impaq and achieve the National Senior Certificate – just like if he/she had been attending a public school.
Can homeschooling be done online?
Grade 8 to 12 learners have access to a personalised learning experience in certain subjects via our Guided Learning platform. It includes an online study plan/calendar, unique content compiled by our education specialists and tips for examination preparation. Learners can practise their skills online and watch educational videos. We’ve also recently launched online webinars to help Grade 12 candidates prepare for examinations and hope to offer more of these informative online sessions in the future.
How does Impaq enable me to homeschool or home educate my child?
Impaq’s packages include lesson material (hard copy and e-books); downloadable assessments and support services; facilitator guides (hard copy and e-books) that allow you, as the parent, to educate your child; support and practice; as well as an online administration platform that allows you to capture marks, generate reports and monitor your child’s progress.
What is Impaq’s academic model?
Our lesson material and educational products are based on a distance education learning model. Your child follows an independent learning approach and you, as the parent, are more involved in your child’s education.
Is there an age limit for enrolment or is distance education also available for adults?
There is no age limit to enrol for matric. However, due to changes to the curriculum in 2008, Impaq cannot accept applications for Grade 11 and 12 if the previous grade (Grade 10 and 11, respectively) was completed before 2008. Affected learners may, however, enrol for Grade 10.
How does one start homeschooling?
If you’ve decided to take the first step in home educating your child, you need to consider your rights as a home education parent, the resources you will be using, and the support you will need. Please refer to our page on Getting Started for more information.
What are the requirements to register for homeschooling?
If you choose to educate your child at home, you would need to apply to the head of your Provincial Education Department (PED) to register your child for homeschooling. The lessons you offer your child must fall within the scope of the following compulsory phases of education:
- Foundation Phase (Grade 1 to 3).
- Intermediate Phase (Grade 4 to 6).
- Senior Phase (Grade 7 to 9).
What qualifications do I need to homeschool my child?
There are no prescribed minimum qualifications for you to homeschool your child. Many home education parents enlist the support of tutors, who are often qualified teachers, to supplement their child’s education. You can find a tutor near you on the Impaq website. Please note: Tutors listed on the Impaq website are independent businesses and are not owned, licensed or affiliated with Impaq.
What books, materials, resources and supplies are required for homeschooling?
Impaq equips you, as the parent, with all the materials needed to be the primary educator. Our packages are built in such a way that you will receive the necessary lesson material, facilitator guides, assessments and more to guide you through the entire learning journey, from Grade R – 12.
Can I choose between printed books and e-books?
Yes, you can. Impaq offers e-books as an option for lesson material for Grade 4 to 9 and facilitator guides are offered in an electronic format for Grade R to 9.
How do I access the e-books I’ve chosen?
You can access your e-books via the my.reader app, available on the iOS App Store, Google Play Store, and the Microsoft Store. Please take note of the following:
- E-books are made available via the my.Reader application only.
- E-books are not printable.
- E-books are made available for as a limited licence until the end of the academic year (31 January of the academic year following the registration)
- For certain subjects, materials are not available in an electronic format.
- Ensure that the device on which you will be accessing the e-books meets at least the minimum specifications as provided below:
- Android (Tier one devices, e.g. Samsung, Acer, Asus, Sony, LG) Quad-Core CPU at 1.7 GHz processing speed, 32GB internal storage space, 4GB RAM and Android version 5.1.1 or higher.
- Apple iOS iOS 10 or higher, iPad 4 or newer, iPad Mini 2 or newer, iPad Air or iPad Pro or iPhone 6 or newer.
- Windows Tablet or laptop with Windows 10, 32GB internal storage space and 8GB RAM or more.
When will my e-books for the academic year be available?
E-books are made available in January of the academic year. Instructions on how to download the my.Reader app along with your login details will be sent to you from January.
Subjects, Grades and Additional Learning Support
Can I repeat specific subjects after finishing Grade 12, or do I have to redo the whole grade?
If you want to repeat a subject, including the year’s portfolio work (SBA), you may register for the specific subject. You will not be required to redo the entire grade. If you only want to repeat the Final Examination, the previous year’s SBA will apply. Send an email to email@example.com for more information.
Can I take additional subjects after completing Grade 12?
You may enrol for two additional subjects after completing the National Senior Certificate. The Grade 10 and 11 materials for the subjects must be acquired and worked through to provide you with an understanding of each subject’s fundamental principles. However, it is not a requirement for you to formally complete Grade 10 and 11 in the applicable subjects through Impaq.
My child comes from abroad and cannot speak Afrikaans. Can I enrol her at Impaq?
Grade 4 – 9: Learners may not be exempt from a compulsory subject (e.g. a first additional language). For more guidance and exemption options, you are welcome to contact our academic qualification coordination manager firstname.lastname@example.org Grade 10 – 12: The learner must take a seventh subject in the place of the First Additional Language (Afrikaans). Enrolment is subject to approval.
Does Impaq provide any additional subject support?
Impaq employs education specialists who can assist with subject queries. There are subject forums on Facebook where learners, parents and tutors can ask for assistance or share valuable information. Impaq also provides additional support and resources through our online platforms. Once you’ve registered as a learner through Impaq, you’ll receive full access to the resources and platforms.
Does Impaq offer a winter school?
A winter school is hosted annually, at an additional cost, by the examination board to help Grade 12 candidates prepare for the Final Examination. More information about the winter school will be sent to candidates closer to the time.
Impaq’s Academic Model
What curriculum will my child follow through Impaq?
Impaq provides a comprehensive set of educational products based on the CAPS curriculum for Grade R to 12 in English and Afrikaans.
Does Impaq’s lesson material differ from a traditional school’s curriculum?
Our lesson material is based on the same Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement (CAPS) followed by most public schools in South Africa. Our products and related solutions are, however, designed to enable individualised learning and are used to educate learners at home.
In which languages will my child be able to study through Impaq?
Learners can choose to study in either English or Afrikaans.
What does homeschooling cost?
The cost for homeschooling depends on the grade of the learner and the package chosen. Impaq’s packages include:
- downloadable assessments and support services,
- lesson material (printed and/or e-books),
- facilitator guides (printed and/or e-books),
- an online platform to capture marks, generate reports, and monitor your child’s progress, and
- additional resources for selected grades and subjects through a Guided Learning platform.
Does Impaq offer the Cambridge curriculum?
No. Our lesson material is based on the Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement (CAPS) followed by most public schools in South Africa. Our products and related solutions are, however, designed to enable individualised learning and are used to educate learners at home.
Does Impaq sell books for homeschooling?
Yes, we provide a comprehensive set of educational products based on the Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement (CAPS) for Grade R – 12 in English and Afrikaans.
Examinations, Tests and Assessments
What homeschooling examinations are required?
There are no formal examinations for learners in Grade R – 3. The parent/facilitator can assess the learner’s formal assessments. For Grade 4 – 9, the facilitator is deemed a suitable invigilator. All Grade 10 – 12 examinations must be written at an approved invigilator (commissioner of oath, assessor, qualified teacher or tutor using Impaq’s products and services). It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to nominate and pay for an invigilator.
Where should my child complete his/her examinations?
Grade 4 – 9: The facilitator is deemed a suitable invigilator and the examination may be written at the place of tuition. Suitable invigilators include:
- Parents (home education learners)
- Other qualified persons
May I write my tests and examinations when it suits me?
During the academic year, tests must be written according to a test period timetable. The marks for tests must be captured on my.Impaq (the online platform made available to you once your child is registered) according to the scheduled time period while the tests for Grade 12 should be submitted to Impaq for marking according to the scheduled submission due dates. The due dates for the Grade 10 to 12 June, Preliminary and Final Examination are set and must be strictly adhered to.
Who marks my tests and examinations?
Grade R – 3: Learners do not write any tests or examinations. They only do formal assessments, which can be marked by the parent/facilitator. Grade 4 – 9: The facilitator is allowed to mark the answer sheets and submit the marks through my.Impaq (the online platform made available to you once your child is registered). Memorandums are made available electronically with the question papers. Grade 10 – 11: Tests can be marked by Impaq or the approved invigilator. All examinations must be sent to Impaq (electronically or manually) for marking on the prescribed due dates. There are no additional costs involved for the marking of assignments, tests or examinations. Impaq maintains the right to request the submission of assessment components for internal marking or moderation. Grade 12: Impaq marks all the School Based Assessment (SBA) portfolio work (this includes all tasks and tests, as well as the June and Preliminary Examination) unless explicitly stated otherwise. The Grade 12 Final Examination is marked by the external examination board, SACAI, and is moderated by Umalusi.
Does Impaq offer past papers?
Yes. In the FET Phase, our education specialists will usually upload selected previous year’s examination papers on my.Impaq and the Guided Learning Platform (the online platforms made available to you once your child is registered).
Obtaining Your Matric (Grade 12) Through Impaq
What qualification will I receive if I successfully complete Grade 12 through Impaq?
Candidates who successfully complete their Grade 12 year with Impaq and comply with the relevant assessment and other related requirements will receive the National Senior Certificate (NSC) from Umalusi.
Can homeschool/home educated learners obtain the National Senior Certificate?
Yes, all Gr 10 -12 Impaq learners are registered with the assessment body (examination board), SACAI, which is provisionally accredited by Umalusi. SACAI moderates Impaq’s site-based assessments and marks to ensure that they are of the required standard. In Grade 12 SACAI is responsible for the papers of the final exams and manages all the examination centres. SACAI also provides a number of the exam papers for the preliminary examinations. Learners passing Grade 12 will receive the National Senior Certificate, issued by Umalusi.
Will I be able to go to university if I study through Impaq?
Yes*. To study at university level, you are required to take the correct combination of subjects. Please check the admission requirements of your university of choice to ensure that you take the correct subject combinations. * Please also refer to the Grade 10 – 12 Critical Enrolment Information for important aspects regarding the FET phase.
Can I register my child with a tutor?
Yes, many home education parents enlist the support of tutors, who are often qualified teachers, to supplement their child’s education. Impaq serves a large network of tutors listed on our website. Please note: Tutors listed on the Impaq website are independent businesses and are not owned, licensed or affiliated with Impaq.
Does Impaq offer homeschooling tutors?
Impaq offers a listing service for tutors across the country. We provide this listing as a service to parents who want to enlist the assistance of a tutor in their local community that makes use of Impaq’s products and services. To see a list of tutors, please click here. Please note: Tutors listed on the Impaq website are independent businesses and are not owned, licensed or affiliated with Impaq. You can also find a qualified and affordable tutor at the tap of a button with Tuta-Me’s on-demand tutoring service. Tuta-Me is part of the Optimi Group and is the perfect solution for bringing learners and tutors together! To learn more, visit www.tuta-me.com.
Where can I find a tutor?
Impaq offers a listing service for tutors across the country. We provide this listing as a service to parents who want to enlist the assistance of a tutor in their local community that makes use of Impaq’s products and services. To see a list of tutors, please click here. Please note: Tutors listed on the Impaq website are independent businesses and are not owned, licensed or affiliated with Impaq. You can also find a qualified and affordable tutor at the tap of a button with Tuta-Me’s on-demand tutoring service. Tuta-Me is part of the FutureLearn Group and is the perfect solution for bringing learners and tutors together! To learn more, visit www.tuta-me.com.
Children with Special Needs
My child suffers from dyscalculia. Can he enrol without Mathematics?
Grade R to 9 learners may not be exempt from a compulsory subject (e.g. Mathematics) and must present the subject. For more guidance and exemption options, you are welcome to contact our academic qualification coordination manager at email@example.com. Grade 10 to 12 learners with an approved special accommodation for dyscalculia (exemption from Mathematics) can take a seventh subject in the place of Mathematics. The learner must apply for special accommodations and exemptions before enrolling with Impaq. For more information, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Does Impaq offer readers and scribes to learners with learning barriers?
Impaq regularly offers training programmes that are aimed at teaching individuals how to fulfil the vital role of a reader and/or scribe for learners with special learning needs during assessment events. For any enquiries, please send an email to email@example.com.
Can my special needs child study through Impaq?
Yes, the flexible nature of our distance education learning model will allow your child to study at his/her own pace and spend more time on difficult subjects. Keep in mind, however, that our lesson material is based on the Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement (CAPS) followed by most public schools in South Africa and is not specifically designed for special needs learners.
Does Impaq offer any socialisation or collaboration opportunities for home education learners?
Impaq offers educational support groups in certain subjects that have proven to be an immense resource to parents and learners. Links to these Facebook groups will be sent to you upon registration.
Does Impaq organise a matric farewell?
Yes. A glamorous event is held in both Gauteng and the Western Cape (depending on the number of candidates) each year.
When will I receive the books I've ordered or when can I collect my order?
As soon as your registration is complete and deposit is paid, your books will be ordered from Impaq’s supply chain. Delivery and/or collection takes 7 – 10 business days from date of books ordered. During peak (January and February) there might be a slight delay in the availability due to the large capacity the warehouse needs to deal with.
Do I need to pay in full or does Impaq offer a monthly instalment option?
Impaq offers clients the option to pay in full or to pay a monthly instalment. Clients opting to pay in full will receive a discount of 10% on the full package. Monthly instalments can be paid via credit card, EFT, bank deposit or debit order. The first instalment is due at the end of the month of registration and the last instalment is due in October of the academic year. Please consult your quotation for deposit amounts and the estimated monthly repayments. Clients can choose either the 25th or the 1st of the month for debit order deductions.