Home education

Parents, or those with parental responsibility, have a duty to ensure that their children are educated. Most children will attend school, but parents can educate their children themselves. 

  • you do not need to be a qualified teacher to educate your child at home
  • you must make sure your child receives a full-time education from the age of 5 but you don't have to follow the national curriculum.
  • any special educational needs your child may have must be recognised
  • you do not need permission to educate your child at home, but you do need to notify the school in writing if you're taking your child out of school
  • you will need to notify the local authority if you are removing your child from a special school
  • you do not need to observe school hours, days or terms
  • you do not need to have a fixed timetable or give formal lessons
  • there are no funds directly available from central government for parents who decide to educate their children at home
  • some local authorities provide guidance for parents, including free National Curriculum materials

You can find out more about home education on the Gov.uk website

Icon for pdf Elective Home Education Strategy 2016 -2020 [266.37KB]

Icon for pdf Home Education - guidance for parents [134.41KB]

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