Educating Your Child At Home

Choosing to teach your child at home 

By law, every child has the right to an education but this does not have to be at school.  If you want to educate your child at home here are some useful things you should know first.

What you have to teach

You can teach your child in any way you want, as long you are helping them to learn the day to day skills they will need as an adult. 

Your child should be taught about things that are appropriate to their age and learning ability.

You don’t have to

  • Teach your child the National Curriculum.
  • Offer a particular type of programme.
  • Have a formal timetable.
  • Have any special equipment in your home
  • Have any specific qualifications.
  • Give formal lessons.
  • Mark your child’s work.
  • Formally assess their progress.
  • Provide the same opportunities for socialisation that your child would get in a school.

Who you need to tell

If your child is already enrolled at a school, you must tell the headteacher in writing that you want to take them out of school to educate them at home. They’ll tell us when you do this.

We’ll then contact you to check some basic information, such as your child's name, their date of birth and your contact details. We’ll also ask you for a brief outline of your home education plan. This helps us know that your child isn’t missing from education.

As long as we have no concerns, we will be in touch annually to check you are still home educating your child, and we have the right contact details. If you move house or if your child starts school please let us know as soon as possible.


You have to pay for your child’s education. This includes any exams you want them to take.

Most families contact local schools, private tuition centres and colleges if they want their child to sit an exam.

Returning to school

If you want your child to return to school (or to attend school for the first time), please contact the School Admissions Team.