How we help with home educating

Part of: Home education

If your child is home educated, we must: 

  • provide support and advice if you want us to 
  • take appropriate action if we think a child is not getting a suitable education 

If you’re educating your child at home, one of our education advisors will contact you.   

We like to meet our home educators and aim to build positive and trusting relationships with families. If you prefer not to meet with us, you do not have to.   

We ask parents who prefer not to meet us to let us have information about their home education arrangements and to share the child’s work.   

This can be: 

  • timetables 
  • written plans 
  • diary entries 
  • photocopies of work completed 

We then keep in touch for regular updates. How often depends on individual circumstances. 

If you’re happy to meet us, we can meet at your home, preferably with your child present. If you prefer not to meet at home, we can meet at a local library.  

If we’re happy your child’s getting a good home education, we’ll aim to visit you each year to offer support and advice. 

If your child’s not getting a suitable education 

If we feel your child’s not getting a suitable education, we will discuss our concerns with you. Your child can attend any meetings we have to give their views or can give their views in writing.  

We may decide to send you a formal, legal, notice asking you to satisfy us that your child is getting a suitable education. If we’re not satisfied, we will consider further action. 

Contact the home education team