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Educating your child at home

Information and guidance on educating your child at home for South Gloucestershire residents.

Some parents choose to educate their children at home, for a variety of reasons. We support the right of parents to educate at home. As a local authority (LA) we have a statutory responsibility to ensure that all children from the age of five are receiving appropriate education. Elective education, guidance and support is undertaken by the education welfare service (EWS) with a support teacher from central teaching services.

What should you do if you want to educate your child at home?

Parents making this decision should inform the headteacher of the school attended by their child and the school should then inform the local authority. If the child has never attended school, parents are asked to inform the local authority of their decision to educate at home.

What are parents’ responsibilities?

The responsibility of the parent is clearly set out in Section 7 of the Education Act of 1996 which states that:

The parent of every child of compulsory school age shall cause him to receive efficient full time education suitable:

  •  to his age, ability and aptitude
  •  to any special educational needs he may have
  •  either by regular attendance at school or otherwise

There are no clear guidelines as to what a suitable education might be but it should prepare a child for life in a modern society and allow the child to reach his or her full potential.

Further information

If you would like to talk to someone about educating your child at home then please contact us.

You can also read more information on GOV.UK. You may also like to read our South Gloucestershire Home Education Policy

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