Home education FAQ

No, if you take your child out of school to home educate, the school will tell the local authority when they take your child off their register. If you do not register your child at school when he/she reaches statutory school age, but decide to home educate instead, you do not have to tell the local authority, but it is helpful if you do so.
No, if you decide to home educate, you do not have to follow the National Curriculum by law. However, it is probably worth bearing in mind that it does provide a useful checklist of skills and knowledge which is expected of a balanced curriculum. Also, if you wish your child to enter or re-enter state education in the future, this may be easier for your child if you have used the National Curriculum.
Local colleges sometimes allow access to courses for home educated children aged 14-16, who are the equivalent of year groups 10 and 11 in school. Home educated young people aged 14-16 in England can attend college part-time and the Government have offered some funding for this, however it is up to the individual college whether or not they choose to admit under-16s. Your child is able to access further education provision, when their statutory education finishes, without any cost to you. It is important to be aware that if you de-register your child and s/he is already attending a college course organised by his/her school, course fees will no longer be paid by the school.

Education Otherwise is a national organisation for home educators. It can help you to get in touch with other home educating families in your area, providing information about local groups and organised activities. See the Useful contacts for home educators page for more information.

You need to write to the school, you can send a letter or an email. Your letter should state that you wish to de-register your child from school as you intend to educate him/her at home. The school must notify the local authority of any child who is being removed from their register to be home educated.
Some schools are willing to flexi-school but this is the decision of the head teacher and governing body. If you are thinking about the possibility of flexi-schooling your child, you will need to talk to the school of choice. Please check with the Department of Education on the latest rules regarding flexi-schooling.
There is currently no funding available from the local authority for home educating families and therefore you must meet the costs of your child's education yourself for example: providing appropriate resources, opportunities for educational visits, access to activities with other children their age and other adults, and exam fees. Please think about this carefully when you are considering home education.

You should contact our admissions team  so you can talk to them about how to make an application for a school place.

You do have the right to home educate your child if s/he has an EHC plan. However, if your child goes to a special school named in their EHC plan, the local authority must agree you can home educate your child before the school can remove from roll. We have a duty to make sure you are meeting the needs of your child as identified in his/her EHC plan, to maintain his/her EHC plan, and to review it on an annual basis.
Under Section 7 of the 1996 Education Act, it is the parents/carers’ duty ‘to cause (the child) to receive efficient, full-time education suitable to his/her age, ability and aptitude and to any special educational needs he/she may have, either by regular attendance at school or otherwise’. This means you must give your child an education that is appropriate for his/her age, ability, aptitude and any special educational needs that s/he may have.
We aim to offer a home visit with a member of the team within a few months of the school telling us that you are home educating your child. We would like to talk to you about the education you are giving to your child and to support you by answering any questions you may have, offering information, advice and suggestions if you would find this helpful. As a home visit is not a legal requirement, a meeting could be arranged at a different location if you prefer. Alternatively, we would be happy to discuss your questions by telephone or email if you would be happier with this.

Under Section 437 of the Education Act 1996, the local authority must satisfy itself that parents/carers are fulfilling their duties regarding their child's education. If satisfactory information is not provided to us, either through a meeting or in writing, the local authority may decide that a child is not receiving a full-time, efficient and suitable education. If this happens we will follow the DfE Guidelines, and this may mean we issue a School Attendance Order.
You do not have to follow the National Curriculum, however as a local authority we feel you should aim to provide your child with a broad, balanced curriculum which encourages their development intellectually, socially, emotionally and physically. It is important to think about how you will develop your child's knowledge, understanding and skills, appropriate to their abilities and aptitude, as well as how you will include regular opportunities for them to mix with and learn alongside other children of a similar age. Your child’s education should be sufficiently challenging so that he/she is able to make progress and should be preparing him/her for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life.

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