About homeschooling

1. What is homeschooling? Home education is the education of children by their parents in their own home. 2. Is homeschooling legal? Yes, in 1996 it became legal for parents to teach their own children at home in South Africa.  The Department of Education permits parents to call in the assistance of a tutor or […]

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About the Department of Education

1. Is it necessary to register my child with the Department of Education? Yes, it is recommended to register with the Department of Education from grade 1-9.  Further education institutions such as mainstream high schools will not always accept students who are not previously registered with the Department of Education as Homeschoolers. 2. Will Clonard […]

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About Clonard

1. How long has Clonard been around? We have been helping parents to teach their children at home for over 20 years. Clonard began by providing material to parents to help them to teach their children to read before going to school.  Virginia Tyrrell, a highly qualified and experienced teacher began producing phonetic reading books […]

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About our curriculum

1. What grades does Clonard offer? We offer the full curriculum in line with CAPS, including exams and assessments, from grade R-10.  Thereafter we offer support for Cambridge IGCSE (grade 10 and 11 equivalent) and Cambridge AS level (grade 12/matric equivalent) including textbooks, assessments and trial exams.  We will also be offering Cambridge A level […]

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About ordering

1. Can parents view the material before purchasing? Yes, material can be viewed at our premises in Springfield Park, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.  Please call us to make an appointment (031 764 6480). You can also ask us to send you pictures of the packs and samples of the insides of books via email if you are […]

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About the parent’s role in homeschooling

1. Do I need to be a qualified teacher to teach my child? No, you do not need to be a qualified teacher.  Our curriculum is fully structured and set out for parents to easily follow, and we provide full support throughout the year, thus making it possible for anyone to educate their own children. […]

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About the yearly structure and timetable

1. Is it important to start the curriculum at the beginning of the school year? Yes, we do recommend that families try to stick to the same school yearly timetable as mainstream schools as it makes it easier to return to mainstream if you choose and to align your school holidays. The curriculum can be […]

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About CAPS

1. What is CAPS? The acronym stands for Curriculum Assessment Policy Statements. It is a national policy set out by the Department of Education that states what should be included in the curricula of schools for each grade in South Africa as well as how it is to be tested or assessed. 2. Is it […]

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About Cambridge

1. Why choose Cambridge? A Cambridge qualification is your child’s passport to the world. They are internationally recognised qualifications and are highly respected for their high standards. Academically gifted children thrive on the Cambridge curriculum as they are challenged and can be very proud of the high standard of qualification that they will receive. 2. […]

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