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You can teach your child at home. Teaching your child at home is called ‘elective home education’ or 'homeschooling'.
You must make sure your child gets a full-time education from the start of term following their 5th birthday until the end of the academic year in which they have their 16th birthday. Full-time education is usually 190 days a year.
Who you need to tell
If you’re taking your child out of school, you must write to the head teacher to inform them of your intention to electively home educate. The head teacher will tell us.
Contact the Inclusion Service if your child has never been to school or you’ve moved to Leicestershire from another local education authority area. You don’t have to tell us but we will contact you if we think your child isn't being educated.
You must tell Special Educational Needs Assessment Service (SENA) if you’re taking your child out of a special school.
You can’t take your child out of a special school without the agreement of SEN Service.
You can ask the school to teach your child part-time, but the head teacher doesn’t have to accept your request.
6.3 Children who are being educated at home sometimes attend other settings to supplement that home education. If you wish your child to attend a state or independent school part-time for this purpose you should discuss this with the school concerned. The school is under no obligation to accept such an arrangement. If your child does undertake this form of ‘flexi-schooling’, you will need to get absences from school which occur when your child is being educated at home authorised by the school in the same way as parents of full-time pupils do for other planned absence. Then the school should mark him or her in the attendance register as being on authorised absence when not at school.
(Taken from Elective Home Education, Departmental guidance for parents)
What you must teach
What you teach must be suitable for your child’s age, ability and aptitude and any special needs they may have. You don’t have to follow the national curriculum.
You can get advice and find support groups for parents who are teaching their children at home from:
You don't have to teach them yourself, some parents:
pay for a tutor for some parts of the curriculum
plan to teach in small groups with other families involved in home education.
Your child won’t have to take the National Curriculum tests (known as SATs).
You can arrange for your child to take exams such as GCSEs as external candidates at exam centres like further education colleges. You’ll need to contact the colleges directly. There are no grants to cover the cost of exams.
Checking on your child’s education
A member of the team will meet you to discuss how you’re going to educate your child. This will usually happen within 6 to 8 weeks of you or the head teacher telling us about your intention to home school your child.
A member of the team will usually meet you once a year to review the quality and range of education your child is receiving. If you require additional support during this time, please contact us and arrangements can be made.
If you’re not giving your child a suitable education
A member of the team will recommend ways you can improve your child’s education.
They’ll meet you again in 8 to 12 weeks to see if things have improved. If you don’t give your child a suitable education, we may serve a School Attendance Order (SAO) and you’ll have to register your child at a school. This would be a last resort.