Educating your child at home
Some parents choose to educate their children at home, for a variety of reasons. The Local Authority (LA), supports the right of parents to educate their children at home.
In the first instance, parents wishing to educate your child at home should inform the headteacher of the school who should then inform the LA.
What are parents' responsibilities?
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.
The phrase "full time" can be interpreted differently, since a child's education at home is often formulated on an individual basis. You should consider the need for any young person to have formal qualifications for any future role in life.
Will the Local Authority give me any support?
The local authority has an Elective Home Education Advisor who will offer a visit to discuss provision and offer advice or information if required. The Local Authority seeks to work co-operatively with parents to develop mutual understanding and trust that will safeguard children's educational outcomes.
Tel: 01437 776549