Getting Started

The law is quite clear, it is up to you whether you send your daughter to school or decide to make other arrangements, which include home education. The choice is entirely yours, you do not even have to inform your local education authority (LEA) let alone seek their, or anyone’s, permission.

The Law


SECTION 7 EDUCATION ACT 1996

Compulsory Education

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

(a) to his age, ability and aptitude, and                     

(b) to any special educational needs he may have,

either by regular attendance at school or otherwise.

Reproduced with the permission of the Controller of Her Majesty’s Stationery Office

Taking Notes

The Basics

01.

Deregistering your child

Deregistering your child from school is EASY – thousands of us have done it but the wording of your letter must be legally correct.

02.

Writing the Letter

If you’re worried about it being too formal, you could enclose it with a more friendly letter to the headteacher letting her/him know what you are doing and pointing out that this is a letter which alters your legal responsibilities and therefore has to be framed formally and in accordance with the relevant regulations. 

03.

Keep in Mind

Unfortunately some LEAs take the point that you have not given proper notification if the letter is not absolutely correctly framed. Your child must be registered at a school or actually receiving education at home. You cannot state that you are going to home educate, you have to be doing it!

04.

The Risks

If your child remains on the register, you are technically liable to be prosecuted for failing to ensure their regular attendance, that is why it is important to have their name removed.