Home educators are not required by law to follow the National Curriculum. The legal requirement is to provide an education
*appropriate to the age, ability and aptitude of the child.*
We have used an eclectic mixture of resources with Sonlight curriculum (an American, literature-based curriculum) as our base. I highly recommend the literature-based approach (see ‘Charlotte Mason’ in Methods), and I recommend Sonlight as one of the best literature selections available.
There are also tests which schools use in conjunction with the National Curriculum, but one of the reasons many choose home education is to avoid such tests, preferring not to use the National Curriculum as a list of tasks to attain by any certain age, but rather proceeding at a pace which the children themselves find comfortably challenging.
For more details on my view of the National Curriculum, take a look at my revised notes.