All parents have a duty to ensure that their children receive an efficient, full time education suitable to their age, ability and aptitude, either by regular attendance at school or otherwise (under section 7 of the Education Act 1996).
If the decision to educate your child at home has been made because of a disagreement with a teacher or you feel a school issue has not been resolved or you feel under any pressure to home educate you should talk to your child’s school in the first instance or the Education Welfare Service before you make a final decision.
Before making a decision we recommend:
- Consider all the implications carefully: Home Educating is a big responsibility that requires a considerable commitment of time and energy
- Plan what you intend to do with your child before making a decision and consider the financial costs involved
- Be aware that your child may miss out on the social side of school, especially contact with friends and joint activities
- Think about the financial implications; there are no grants available to help with home education and you will be responsible for all costs of materials and examinations
- Consider that once you have removed your child from roll they cannot be re-admitted without reapplying through school admissions. This process can take some time and it may not be possible for your child to be placed at a school of their choice
If after considering the above you do decide to Home educate your child you must inform your child’s head teacher in writing, the school will then pass this onto the Education Welfare Service. The school will then delete your child’s name from the school register. An Education Welfare Officer will contact you to arrange an initial home visit to discuss any questions you may have. Parents are not obliged to accept a home visit but they will be expected to provide the Local Authority with evidence that they are providing a suitable education.