Home Education

Home education, or “home schooling,” means a child is taught at home by their parent or guardian instead of by a teacher at school. You can teach your child at home full-time or part-time.


Steps to Home Educate Your Child


  1. Notify the School:
    • If your child is currently in school, you must inform the school of your plan to home educate.
    • The school must accept your decision if you are removing your child entirely from school.
    • If you plan to have your child at school part-time (flexi-schooling), the school can choose to reject your plan.
  2. Contact Your Local Council:
    • You can ask your local council for help with home education.
    • You do not need the council’s permission to home educate unless:
      • Your child has special educational needs (SEN).
      • Your child is in school due to a school attendance order.
  3. Legal Requirements:
    • You must provide a full-time education for your child from age 5.
    • You do not have to follow the national curriculum.

Support and Advice


  • Education Otherwise:
    • This charity supports parents who home educate their children.
    • Email: [email protected]
    • Telephone: 443001245690
    • Withdrawing your Child from School:
      • Use the attached template to withdraw your child from school.

If you are experiencing difficulties, please contact the Friends, Families and Travellers helpline on 01273 234 777. We are open Monday to Friday10am to 4.30pm excluding bank holidays.

Correct as of June 2024.

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