Is HE legal?
The law in England states that education is compulsory but school is not. See our pages on HE and the law for more details.
How can I find other home educators in my area?
See our home 'Local Groups' page, listed in the main menu. Members of Education Otherwise are allocated an EO local contact, and receive a contact list of other EO members.
Do I have to wait for approval before I can start home educating?
No. In England and Wales you do NOT have to have your home education approved. Please read our page on deregistering a child from school, listed in the main menu. However, parents of children with special needs should read our SEN pages, since the local authority will have to give consent to removing a child from a special school.
Do I have to follow the National Curriculum?
Home educating families are not required to follow the National Curriculum, or any other curriculum or educational system.
Do I have to be a qualified teacher to educate my child at home?
You do not have to have any formal qualifications in order to educate your child at home. As a parent, you have been educating your child from day one.
What do I have to do if I want to withdraw my child from school?
For children who are registered pupils at a state school, in cases where the parents wish to home educate, the law requires the parent to send a written request to the proprietor to remove the child's name from the school roll. Choose 'Deregistration' from the main menu to learn more about withdrawing your child from school.
Who do parents have to tell if they are beginning home education?
If a child has never been in school, there is no legal duty for the parent to inform anyone in authority about home education once the child reaches the age of 5.
How many children are home educated in England and Wales?
Local authorities in England and Wales know of around 20,000 home educated children. It is estimated that at least the same number are currently not officially known to the authorities, making a total of at least 40,000 home educated children in England and Wales.