Home education


By law, you must provide an efficient, full-time education suitable to the age, ability and aptitude of your child. There is no legal definition of full-time.

Children who attend school normally do so for between 22 and 25 hours a week for 38 weeks of the year. These periods are not applicable to home education, where:

  • there is often almost continuous one-to-one contact
  • education may take place outside normal school hours
  • the type of educational activity can be varied and flexible

Parents who education their child at home do not have to:

  • teach the National Curriculum
  • provide a broad and balanced education
  • have a timetable
  • have premises equipped to any particular standard
  • set hours during which education will take place
  • have any specific qualifications
  • make detailed plans in advance
  • observe school hours, days or terms
  • give formal lessons
  • mark work done by their child
  • formally assess progress or set development objectives
  • reproduce school-type peer group socialising
  • match school-based, age-specific standards

You should consider, however, whether or not you would be able to show:

  • the consistent involvement of parents or other significant carers
  • recognition of the child's needs, attitudes and aspirations
  • opportunities for the child to be stimulated by their learning experiences
  • access to resources and materials required to provide home education for the child, such as paper and pens, books and libraries, arts and crafts materials, physical activity and ICT
  • the opportunity for appropriate interaction with other children and other adults
  • that your child is making progress according to their particular level of ability, taking account of any specific aptitudes

These are the things that the government's Elective Home Education guidelines say we may reasonably expect your home education to include.