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Home education means that parents take responsibility for their child’s education, rather than delegating it to a school.
If your child is in school, you should tell the school if you plan to educate them at home. The school must accept this. They can refuse if you want to send your child to school for some of the time – flexi-schooling.
If your child is attending school because of a School Attendance Order, you must get permission from your local council before you can educate them at other than at school. You may get a School Attendance Order if the local council thinks your child is not getting an education.
You have 15 days to provide evidence that you’ve registered your child with the school listed in the order or that you’re giving them a home education. If you do not, you could be prosecuted or given a fine
Below is an example of a letter for parents to withdraw a child from a state school in England and Wales.
Dear [insert the head teacher’s name here]
Re: name of child and date of birth
After careful consideration, I have decided to withdraw [insert your child’s name here] from school in order to take personal responsibility for their education. Please delete their name from the register in accordance with Education (Pupil Registration) Regulation 8(1)(d) 2006, as they are now receiving education otherwise than at school.
We will ensure that our son/daughter is provided with an efficient full-time education suitable to his/her age, ability, aptitude and to any special educational needs.
Please will you confirm receipt of this letter and inform us of the date that [insert your child’s name here] was removed from the register.
The procedure to withdraw a child from a state school in Scotland is completely different from that in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. It is described in detail on the Schoolhouse website.
Home education in the UK and the law
Home education is legal throughout the UK, but the laws in the four countries of the UK (England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales) are not identical.
It is up to each family to ensure that their child receives an appropriate education. Some families choose to use a structured curriculum, others pick and choose educational books. A number of families follow the ‘autonomous’ style of education. This means that they follow the child’s interests, learning through discussion and life in general. In my experience and those of other families in our community, this can be an incredibly rewarding and effective method of learning.
If your child has special educational needs (SEN)
If your child has SEN and attends a special school, you will need to get the council’s permission to educate them at home. You do not need the council’s permission if your child attends a mainstream school, even if they have an education, health and care (EHC) plan.
The Shine Learning Programme is the perfect curriculum, whether your child or teenager has SEN or not. With English and maths resources, all SEN inclusive, expert dyslexia support, free online live meets each week and a marking service to monitor progress and develop individualised programmes of learning. Get in touch to see how we can support your family today.