Education at home

Parents have a duty to ensure their children receive full-time education. This should be suitable to their age, ability and aptitude and to any special needs they may have.

In accordance with the provisions of the Education Act 1996 parents may discharge this responsibility. This is by ensuring children attend school regularly, or by providing suitable education in the form of alternative provision. This can be arranged through an alternative provider or be primarily within the home. These arrangements can be known as 'Education Otherwise'. This Council fully supports the rights of parents to make this choice and seeks to work jointly with them.

Councils must make enquiries, if it looks like a child of compulsory school age is not receiving suitable education.

Parents do not need to tell the Local Authority of arrangements are in place to provide education. Note: This is only if a child has not enrolled at a school.

Parents must inform schools, in writing, if they intend to give other provision for a child. If that child is a registered pupil at a school. The headteacher cannot legally remove the child's name from the roll, until this information is provided. Failure to follow this procedure will result in the child's name remaining on the school roll. Headteachers have a legal duty to follow Department for Education guidance relating to missing / absent pupils, in these circumstances.

Do you intend to make arrangements to educate your child other than at school, or are already doing so? Notify the Local Authority using this form: PDFNotification of intention to educate a child other than at school [PDF 54KB] .

Please return completed forms to: Education Welfare Service .

Exam Entry information

Do you want your home-educated child to sit public exams? You can arrange for them to do this as a private candidate. For more details, please read: PDFInformation on exam entries for home educators [PDF 202KB] .

For more details and to apply to Rastrick Independent School, read: PDFRastrick Independent School - private examination candidate form [PDF 202KB] .

To apply to Woodhouse Grove School, read: PDFWoodhouse Grove School - Information for private examination candidates [PDF 645KB] .


For further details, see: GOV.UK: Educating your child at home .


See also