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Home Education Support 2019
This is what the government’s website (direct gov) says about educating your child at home:
What’s required of you?
• You do not need to be a qualified teacher to educate your child at home
• Your child is not obliged to follow the National Curriculum or take national tests, but as a parent you are required by law to ensure your child receives full-time education suitable to their age, ability and aptitude
• Any special educational needs your child may have must be recognised
• You do not need special permission from a school or local authority 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, nor 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
The role of your local authority
Local authorities can make informal enquiries of parents who are educating their children at home to establish that a suitable education is being provided. If your local authority makes an informal enquiry, you can provide evidence your child is receiving an efficient and suitable education by:
• Writing a report
• Providing samples of your child’s work
• Inviting a local authority representative to your home, with or without your child being present
• Meeting a local authority representative outside the home, with or without your child being present (representatives have no automatic right of access to your home)
If it appears to the local authority that a child is not receiving a suitable education, then it might serve a school attendance order.
Although you’re not legally required to inform your local authority when you decide to educate your child at home, it is helpful if you do so. If you are taking your child out of school to home-educate them, you need to inform the school in writing.
It’s advisable, but not compulsory, to inform your local authority of any significant changes in your circumstance relevant to your child’s education, like a change of address.
Home Education UK Law – England
In England and Wales we are allowed to home educate under section 7 of the 1996 education act which says:
“The parent of every child of compulsory school age shall cause him to receive efficient full time education suitable a) to his age ability and aptitude, and b) any special educational needs he may have, either by attendance at a school or otherwise.”
It is the ‘otherwise’ part of this statement that gives us the right to home educate. You do not need permission to home educate. If you child has never been to school then you do not have to tell the local authorities of your intention.
If your child has attended school, or been offered a place at a school (even if they have never been), then you must deregister by sending a deregistration letter to your child’s school. However – the exception to the above is if your child has special needs and attends a special school. In this case you need permission to deregister your child. For support with this please see the HE Special website.
For Further Information regarding the Law on Home Education in the UK.
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