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Regulations On The Home Schooling Of Your Child

By: Angela Armes - Updated: 16 May 2017 | comments*Discuss
 
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There are around 50,000-80,000 home educated children in the UK. Home education can be highly fulfilling for children and can lead to children achieving better than average qualifications. Having been home educated does not prevent a young person from going on to university and having fulfilling careers. Indeed in the US, where home education is more commonplace, many universities and employers seek out home educated young people in their recruitment efforts.

There are a number of reasons why a parent might want to educate their child at home. Some parents opt to home-school because of lifestyle or family reasons, while others do so because of negative school experiences like Bullying, Expulsion, difficulty getting a child into the school of choice, or some problem specific to an individual school.

Socialisation

The main question raised about home education relates to socialisation. With so many home-educated young people in the UK there are now many local support groups all over the UK. These groups often hold regular meetings and are frequently networked with each other through the internet. Home-educated students rarely find socialisation to be an issue.

The law

Under Section 7 of the 1996 education act, parents are responsible for ensuring that their children receive an education suitable to their age ability and aptitude, as well as any special needs he or she may have. The following home-schooling rules apply in England and Wales:

  • You do not need the permission of an LEA to home educate a child (unless the child attends a special needs school)
  • You do not have to hold any particular qualifications to home educate your child
  • There are no predetermined hours or times that you must tutor your child at home
  • You do not have to conform to the National Curriculum
  • You can home educate a child with special needs
  • Home educated children are not required to undertake examinations or SATs

Your Local Education Authority

When considering home education it is wise to consider all of your options carefully and discuss the idea with your child. If you have specific issues with the school, you should consider discussing these with the school and possibly with the Local Children's Services (LEA).

If your child is currently in school, you are required to inform your child's head teacher in writing before you withdraw your child. The head teacher will then inform the (LEA) and remove your child from the school's register. There is no legal requirement for you to allow the local authority access to either your home or child.

The Education Welfare Service (EWS) will almost certainly make contact with you to ensure that you are meeting your duty to provide an education to your child. However, you should be allowed some short period to settle in to your new routine before having to supply detailed information on your provision.

If they are unhappy about your provision, they will write to you to explain their concerns and ask for further information. In rare cases, if the local authority remains unsatisfied with your provision, they can issue a School Attendance Order which requires you to either provide further evidence of education or enrol your child at a school named in the order within 15 days. Such an order can be challenged in court. In all the actions they take the Local Authority must act in the best interests of the child.

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My little girl has had a awfull horrible time at primary now high school I moved my daughter and I out of town to prevent bullies getting to my daughter and yet still managed to police have been informed tryed to stop this school etc are hopeless I have now taken my little girl out of school and throughly enjoying home schooling my daughter where we both feel lot more settled and safe I'm continuing to do this anyone who has any info regarding EHE I'm intresredin constant learning and improving for my daughter anyway regarding education I am happy with my local council for help support they give my daughter and I and this by far is best decision we have made
B h - 16-May-17 @ 3:33 PM
i have two girls i want to change there school during the year my eldest says shes picked on and ive had issues with the school ive found a better closer to home school but do not wish to send my kids to their current school until they are moved i want to avoid fines but may have to homeschool for the time being need some advice on my options and what can happen to me as by fines etc ive told the school they wiil not be back and im changing their schools but apparantly the head teacher has phoned my ex wife kids mom as my kids reside with me telling her if they not back in he will take further actio however im banned from the school due to another parents actions which turned into an argument so im really unsure of my standing and what i am able to do i only want to school them until they are in another school do not want to take them off the resgister
not what sure to do - 9-May-17 @ 2:37 PM
My son is being bullied at 7.. he is really unhappy at school and over 5 kids at a time hit physically really badly. I am at my witts end is the second school we have changed.....what do i do....i can not afford to homeschool as i have bills to pay. I have spoke to the school and nothing much has been done. In fact it is worse than before. I will contact local LEA.
Cam - 24-Apr-17 @ 10:23 PM
My son is in year 11 and has suffered from bullying all the may through school and has been to counciling when he was in year 9. He has now fallen out with his friends and is getting really depressed. Can I take him out of school to revise at home and send him in for his exams.
Emma - 19-Apr-17 @ 7:34 PM
my 15 year old son has been to 5 secondary schools and is now attending a education centre for jids who cant attend mainstream.. he not doing well there either for disruptive and silly behaviour im at the end of my tether he never attends regulary with another attendance panel awaiting.. teachers say hes a lovely boy and he works well 1 to 1 , but they dont have the facillity to do that everyday.. so he gets sent home.. can i home school him.. what would i neeed to do to prepare for this ??
sarcalrox - 19-Apr-17 @ 1:07 PM
My daughter has removed my 14 year old grandson from school due to concerns for his safety because of bullying ( both verbal and physical). This is his 2nd secondary school and it is still happening.She has discussed this with school and it is still happening. Where can she get advice/help in order to home school him. Will school provide text books/information on what lessons he should be learning.
KAT - 19-Apr-17 @ 3:31 AM
My grandson, 14, has moved secondary schools twice due to bullying, (physical and verbal). My daughter has reported it many times and it is still happening. She has now contacted school to inform them she is removing him from school, as she is worried for his safety and intends to home school him. Does school have to provide text books, school work for him to do at home. If not where can she get support/information as to what she should be teaching him. She is a stay at home parent so there is no problem with her spending time teaching him.
KAT - 19-Apr-17 @ 3:25 AM
Hello, my son is 4 years old and will soon be moving into school, my ex partner has decided to not to take him to nursery, and now she decides that she wants to home school him aswell, but i want him to go to school, so is there anything legal to say that home schooling has to be agreed by both parents or can she just home school without my permission?
Burkey - 8-Apr-17 @ 8:45 AM
My daughter (grace smith) is in year seven and is 11 years old I'm want her to get home schooled but I don't know how many hour a day and a week is needed can somebody please tell me
Beverley smith - 6-Apr-17 @ 4:33 PM
Newcastle - Your Question:
We want to take our child out to homeschool him for one term next year. The term after easter leading into the summer holidays. He will be in year 1. We want to do a 3 month trip around Asia. If there any law against this ??

Our Response:
This is for you to decide. There are no laws about removing your child from school for home schooling, but in this situation the school can refuse to keep your chid's place available, meaning you may have to choose another school. Talk to then head teacher about it.
LawAndParents - 3-Apr-17 @ 11:38 AM
We want to take our child out to homeschool him for one term next year. The term after easter leading into the summer holidays. He will be in year 1. We want to do a 3 month trip around Asia. If there any law against this ??
Newcastle - 31-Mar-17 @ 11:40 AM
J - Your Question:
My 15 year old daughter has just moved from a small, mixed high school in Mid Wales.She now attends a larger all girls school in South Wales. She is unhappy and feels uncomfortable in her new school environment. She is struggling to mix with the other pupils. In some subjects she is being left behind due to the move and feels as if she is going to fail even though she is was in top sets for most classes and confident in her work. She used to be excited to go to school and was always keen to learn. Since the move she does not want to go to school and is struggling to concentrate in classes due to disruptive behaviour. She no longer wants attend the school. Should I turn to home schooling? Even if I have 2 other children attending the local primary school and a toddler still at home

Our Response:
We can't give advice on whether you should home school or not. We do recommend that you make an appointment to speak to someone at the school to discuss this. If necessary also talk to the LEA to see if any other schooling options or help are available.
LawAndParents - 29-Mar-17 @ 11:52 AM
Bright eyes- Your Question:
My daughter is 15 and In year 10. She has learning difficulties. And we are due to see CAMMS to diagnos if she's got ADHD DYSLEXIC and I know she's got DYSPRAXIA. I have older children now working. I know the above is redditory. Until school get the proff. We have been waiting coming up to 2 yrs for a appointment. Her attendance is 88% and the lowest it should be is 96%. It's got to the point now where ever or what ever my daughter is doing in school they find something to give her isolation in a room for the whole day. Or send her to click this is a centre naught pupil's go. Detention after Detention. So what is would like help with is can my daughter attend college for a few more days and also learn English and Maths and get a exam.

Our Response:
Find out where your local education authority is and contact them. Clearly your daughter's educational needs are not being met and she is struggling. They should be able to suggest alternatives to you, or advise where you can seek further help for her. If you're not sure how to find yours, this try this list
LawAndParents - 28-Mar-17 @ 12:39 PM
My 15 year old daughter has just moved from a small, mixed high school in Mid Wales .She now attends a larger all girls school in South Wales. She is unhappy and feels uncomfortable in her new school environment. She is struggling to mix with the other pupils . In some subjects she is being left behind due to the move and feels as if she is going to fail even though she is was in top sets for most classes and confident in her work . She used to be excited to go to school and was always keen to learn. Since the move she does not want to go to school and is struggling to concentrate in classes due to disruptive behaviour. She no longer wants attend the school . Should I turn to home schooling? Even if I have 2 other children attending the local primary school and a toddler still at home
J - 27-Mar-17 @ 5:51 PM
My daughter is 15 and In year 10. She has learning difficulties.And we are due to seeCAMMS to diagnos if she's got ADHD DYSLEXIC and I know she's got DYSPRAXIA.I have older children now working.I know the above is redditory.Until school get the proff . We have been waiting coming up to 2 yrs for a appointment.Her attendance is 88% and the lowest it should be is 96%. It's got to the point now where ever or what ever my daughter is doing in school they find something to give her isolation in a room for the whole day.Or send her to click this is a centre naught pupil's go. Detention after Detention. So what is would like help with is can my daughter attend college for a few more days and also learn English and Maths and get a exam.
Bright eyes - 27-Mar-17 @ 10:38 AM
Bee - Your Question:
My child has a place at a secondary school due to start in Sept. He is in year 6. Can I pull him out and will the school still let him do his Sats? I am seriously considering this as the school doesn't take its kids behaviour seriously.

Our Response:
You will need to discuss this directly with the school. There's nothing to stop you removing your child in order to home school him but it's up to the school to decide whether to allow him back for SATS or not.
LawAndParents - 20-Mar-17 @ 2:06 PM
My child has a place at a secondary school due to start in Sept. He is in year 6. Can I pull him out and will the school still let him do his Sats? I am seriously considering this as the school doesn't take its kids behaviour seriously.
Bee - 17-Mar-17 @ 7:42 PM
sah - Your Question:
My 14 yrs old son has been referred to a alternative school for the next few months untill July. He will then attend College for Year 11 to do a Construction Course. He started on Monday and hates it, they don't teach in class and the students swear and watch dvd's most lessons. To make matters worst he is refusing to go. I am so worried he will fall behind in his work. I am having a nightmare. I want to home school him for two days and send him for three, can I do this. Please help

Our Response:
Has he been the subject of any behavioural orders etc? The school and your local education authority can decide if it's acceptable to undertake part time education.
LawAndParents - 17-Mar-17 @ 11:11 AM
Hi im thinking of taking my 6 year son Out of school and home schooling him he is being badly bullied and the school is doing nothing to help my son is now terrified to go back to school.Could i get some help were i can get exercise books for. Him and any fun ways i could help him learn please
Tori - 16-Mar-17 @ 4:22 PM
My 14 yrs old son has been referred to a alternative school for the next few months untill July. He will then attend College for Year 11 to do a Construction Course. He started on Monday and hates it,they don't teach in class and the students swear and watch dvd's most lessons. To make matters worst he is refusing to go. I am so worried he will fall behind in his work.I am having a nightmare.I want to home school him for two days and send him for three, can i do this.Please help
sah - 15-Mar-17 @ 2:57 PM
Banana74 - Your Question:
I will not be sending my son to secondary school, he is due to finish year 6 and I intend to home school him after this, I have looked online about notifying people of this and can't quite work out what I have to do?!

Our Response:
When he has finished year 6 it's likely he will have been offered a secondary school place, so it might be worth contacting your local education authority or the school in question to let them know you will not be taking up the place.
LawAndParents - 14-Mar-17 @ 11:40 AM
Hello I am considering home schooling my son , year 3 primary. Can anyone suggest best place for me to find info on 'setting myself' up etc, textbooks , advisory notes. Appreciate you dont need to follow curriculum. Thanks
Chastymum - 14-Mar-17 @ 10:46 AM
I will not be sending my son to secondary school, he is due to finish year 6 and I intend to home school him after this, I have looked online about notifying people of this and can't quite work out what I have to do?!
Banana74 - 11-Mar-17 @ 10:28 PM
Kate - Your Question:
Hi. My 15yr old son has just been expelled from school 3 weeks before he is due to start study leave for his GCSE's. The school have given permission for him to take his exams as an external candidate so would I be able to home school him until he finishes his exams? If this is the case then who should I notify? Thank you. Regards Kate

Our Response:
Check with your local education authority, they may be able to help with this. In theory you can home school without having to notify them at all, but it's better to do so if you want their help and advice.
LawAndParents - 10-Mar-17 @ 11:06 AM
Hi. My 15yr old son has just been expelled from school 3 weeks before he is due to start study leave for his GCSE's. The school have given permission for him to take his exams as an external candidate so would I be able to home school him until he finishes his exams? If this is the case then who should I notify? Thank you. Regards Kate
Kate - 9-Mar-17 @ 4:21 AM
I am home schooling my 15 year old daughter I've been recently told she should not be allowed out the house during school hours is this true because I've looked and can't find that rule anywhere I feel if she's done her work she can go out
Tish - 7-Mar-17 @ 12:39 PM
Kiki - Your Question:
Hi. Two weeks ago I requested a split placement for my 13 year old daughter for home/school education. Due to her anxiety and issues around schooling I requested that she attends for English, Mathematics and Science, with me continuing her education at home the rest of the time. This was declined by the head "due to legislation involved". Whilst I appreciate the head has the discretion to turn my request down, I have failed to find any legislation around a split placement.Could you point me in the right direction of any? Thanks.

Our Response:
Sorry we don't know of any specific legislation but it may relate to attendance and the school having to record a pupil's absence as "authorised absence". There may be other legislation applicable. The school always has discretion over whether it allows part time students, so it may be simply that it is impractical for them to offer it. If you want to investigate the legislation try:
The Education Act 1996 – section 551(1)
The Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006
The Education (Pupil Registration) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2010
The Education (Pupil Registration) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2011
The Education (Pupil Registration) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2013
The Education (Pupil Registration) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2016
The Education Act 2002
The Education (School Day and School Year) (England) Regulations 1999
The Changing of School Session Times (England) (Revocation) Regulations 2011
The Education and Inspections Act 2006
LawAndParents - 28-Feb-17 @ 12:30 PM
Hi. Two weeks ago I requested a split placement for my 13 year old daughter for home/school education. Due to her anxiety and issues around schooling I requested that she attends for English, Mathematics and Science, with me continuing her education at home the rest of the time. This was declined by the head "due to legislation involved". Whilst I appreciate the head has the discretion to turn my request down, I have failed to find any legislation around a split placement. Could you point me in the right direction of any? Thanks.
Kiki - 26-Feb-17 @ 8:29 PM
Sassi - Your Question:
I'm thinking of taking my 14 year old son who has ADHD and is suffering with anxiety issues out of main stream school and home schooling him. He is so unhappy, angry and unmotivated in school and this is affecting his health causing sleeping problems, weight loss and stomach pains. He has no support from school and is unable to be on medication due to weight problems. I really am starting to feel that I have to think what's best for him his health and us as a family. Any advice in how to start this process would be greatly appreciated.

Our Response:
Our advice is to read around, join forums to speak to others who already home school, see what the other options are etc. If you're happy that the only solution is to home school, then you should inform yourschool's head teacher that you are withdrawing him from schol. You will probably find that your education authority is helpful and may be able to point in the direction of appropriate resources etc.
LawAndParents - 23-Feb-17 @ 2:37 PM
I'm thinking of taking my 14 year old son who has ADHD and is suffering with anxiety issues out of main stream school and home schooling him. He is so unhappy, angry and unmotivated in school and this is affecting his health causing sleeping problems, weight loss and stomach pains. He has no support from school and is unable to be on medication due to weight problems. I really am starting to feel that I have to think what's best for him his health and us as a family. Any advice in how to start this process would be greatly appreciated.
Sassi - 22-Feb-17 @ 8:42 PM
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