As a parent, you must make sure your child receives a full-time education from the age of 5. Some people know from an early stage that they want to home educate their child while other parents send their child into the school system but later find that it doesn’t work for their them.
If you are not happy with the education and/or care your child receives at school and changing schools is not an option, you may wish to consider home education.
There are a number of reasons that parents and carers choose to home educate their child, such as:
Home education is legal in all parts of the UK. However, the legislation is slightly different in Scotland, Northern Ireland, the Channel Isles and the Isle of Man. Please see the Education Otherwise website for more information.
The law states that you must provide ‘suitable education’ that is:
The law that applies to home education is section 7 of the Education Act which states, ‘Parents have a right to educate their children at home providing that they fulfil the requirements of Section 7 of the Education Act, 1996 which places a duty on the parents of every child of compulsory school age to cause him or her to receive efficient full-time education suitable to their age, ability and aptitude, and to any special educational needs that they may have, either by regular attendance at school or otherwise’.
Before you can home educate your child, there are certain things to be considered and procedures that will need following:
More information can be found on the GOV.UK website
Education Otherwise is an organisation that can provide you with a wealth of information about home education and put you in touch with other parents who home educate their children.
Flexi Schooling describes an arrangement between the parent and school where children are registered at the school in the usual way but attend school only part time. The rest of the time the child is home educated.
There may be any of a number of reasons why parents may want to arrange flexi-schooling for their children, for example:
Whatever the reason, neither local authorities nor schools are likely to agree to such arrangements unless it is clear that it is in the child’s best interests.
If home education and flexi-schooling are not suitable for your child, you may wish to consider further alternatives:
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