Most children receive their full-time education at school, but a small number of parents prefer to educate their children at home. If you wish to do this, this page can help you find out more about what is required to be a home educator.
The responsibility for a child's education rests with their parents. In England, education is compulsory, but school is not. The 1996 Education Act imposes a duty on parents and guardians of children of compulsory school age to secure 'efficient full time education,' - this can be done at school or 'otherwise'. Section 7 of the Education Act 1996 states that:
The parent of every child of compulsory school age shall ensure that he/she shall receive an efficient, full-time education that is suitable:
You have the option at any point to educate your child at home. If your child is already registered as a pupil at a school, you need to write to the head teacher of that school and inform them of your decision to home educate your child. The head teacher has a duty to inform the local authority (LA), who will then register your child with their home education team, who will begin corresponding with you from there.
If your child has never been registered at a school, you should tell us that you want to home educate your child.
If you move into Salford and are a home educator, we would be grateful if you would inform us as soon as possible. Likewise, should you leave the area, it would be appreciated if you could inform us of your new residence, so we may pass on your details to the receiving LA.
Parents also have the right to educate their child at home who has a Statement of Special Educational Needs or an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP).
The statement or EHCP will remain in place and the local authority (LA) must ensure that parents make suitable educational arrangements to meet the child’s special educational needs. It remains the duty of the LA to maintain and review this on an annual basis.
If a child is registered at a special school, the consent of the LA is necessary to remove the child from the school roll. This will only be done once education has been established as suitable.
We have a statutory duty to ensure that children who are educated at home are receiving a 'suitable' education and that their needs are being met. Subsequently, home visits will be made by the Home Education Coordinator in order to assess the educational provision. Our visits and written evidence reports are made with an open mind and will be used to look at:
You should note that the Home Education Coordinator will not be able to direct the learning which takes place, nor can he/she accept any responsibility for this. If you decide to educate your child at home, it is your responsibility to plan, implement and fund your child’s education. The local authority cannot provide books or any other equipment or resources which may be recommended, though we will try to be as helpful as we can.
Moreover, if we think that you are merely encouraging absence from school and not providing home education, we will consider invoking a School Attendance Order (Sections 437-443 1996 Education Act). This gives us the power to put a child's name on a school register. If an order is served, it will be arranged for your child to be admitted to, and to attend, the school named on the order; failure to do so would be an offence and you would be prosecuted accordingly.
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This page was last updated on 11 October 2019