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