Parents/guardians are within their rights to make a request to educate their child at home rather have them taught at one of the local authority schools.
Who is entitled to educate their child at home?
Any parent/guardian can choose to do this as long as they provide an efficient education that is suitable for the age, ability and aptitude of the child.
Parents/guardians have a responsibility to inform the education authority that they wish to withdraw their child from school in order to educate them at home and to request the authority's consent.
What kind of education do parents need to provide?
Parents/guardians who choose to educate their children at home need to demonstrate that they are providing an education that is suitable for the child, with appropriate variety, resources and access to other children.
It is the parent's/guardian's responsibility to provide the curriculum and resources and to meet any costs associated with this.
What about formal qualifications?
There is no legal requirement for young people to take a particular set of qualifications. The internal assessment component of many qualifications can restrict the certification of external candidates.
Parents/guardians educating their children at home can make arrangements for their children to sit formal exams (for example, through their local college).
Parents/guardians are responsible for any costs associated with this.