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Home education

In England, the law states that the responsibility for a child's education while they are of compulsory school age (currently 5-16 years) rests with their parents.

While most children attend the local state school, a significant number will be educated outside the state system in private schools or at home.

If you are considering Elective Home Education for your child, and would like to talk to someone about this, please call 01452 426015 to speak to one of our Parent Advisers

If your child is about to reach compulsory school age and has never been registered at a state school, or if you move to an area served by another Local Authority (LA), you don't have to notify us that you intend to home educate, although you may do so if you wish.

If your child is currently attending school, you must write to the Head Teacher of that school advising them that your child is being home educated and that you want their name removed from the register.

The name of your child will be removed from the register and we will be informed by the school. If you change your mind after that time you will have to re-apply for a school place and places at the same school may not always be available.

Parents of children who attend a Special School, or are subject to an attendance order, require our permission to educate them at home. As this is slightly different, please contact us for further help and advice.

Parents who choose to educate their children at home must be prepared to assume full financial responsibility, including bearing the cost of any public examinations.

If you are considering educating your child at home and would like to discuss this with one of Gloucestershire County Council’s Parent Advisors please ring 01452 426015

While we have no statutory duty to monitor the quality of provision, we do have to be satisfied that parents are offering suitable education, so from time to time you will be contacted by us for further information about the education you are providing.

More detailed information can be found in the Home education guide for parents and children. Hard copies of this document can be sent on request.

Gloucestershire County Council’s Education Department has experienced advisers who can give information and support to parents and professionals who want to know more about elective home education. Please ring 01452 426015 to speak to a parent adviser.

The Youth Support Team are able to provide advice and guidance to all young people on a range of important issues that might effect them, including advice and guidance about options beyond Year 11. Please find out more details by accessing the information about the Services they provide on their website.

If you want to let us know you are home educating so we can support you please send us a parent plan form . We will keep your contact details on a database and contact you from time to time.

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