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Groups where you are

Home Educators around the UK have organised themselves into local groups, providing mutual support, sharing information and resources, and often meeting regularly for social and educational activities. Some are virtual groups that meet via online forums or email lists.You will find many of those groups listed here.

Please note that group details are as submitted by their leaders and are published in good faith. Groups have not been checked by Education Otherwise and listing here does not constitute a recommendation.

Finding a group

If you know the name of the group you're looking for, you can use 'Search local groups' link in the right-hand menu to search for it. Alternatively, you can browse directory entries for your area: select a country, region or county below to see all the entries for that area. The initial list will display brief information about each group, and you can then click on the group's title for more information and contact details.

Adding your group

This directory is open to bona fide home education groups only, not to Free Schools, tutoring services, or any kind of education that is not home-based and for which parents are responsible. All submissions are moderated, and may be rejected without explanation. To add your group, click the 'Add your group' link in the right-hand menu and fill in all of the required fields. NB: for further details of the information required, click on the field title.

Please do not include details of the exact location and time of your group meetings, as this contravenes the Education Otherwise child protection policy and will result in your submission being edited or rejected. We reserve the right to edit submissions for grammar, punctuation and house style. By submitting your group details, you agree to these conditions, and any additional conditions that EO may adopt in future. To amend details or to remove your group from the list, please contact the Local Groups Co-ordinator.


This information is constantly updated, but some counties may have no groups listed. Please check regularly for new additions, and please get in touch with the Local Groups Co-ordinator via the 'Contacts' page if you encounter any broken links or incorrect details.

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