Section 7 of the 1996 Education Act states that:

‘The parent of every child of compulsory school age shall cause him/her to receive full time education suitable –
(a) to his/her age, ability and aptitude, and;
(b) to any special educational needs he/she may have, either by regular attendance at school or otherwise.”

The phrase ”or otherwise” allows education outside of formal schooling, providing that the parent / carer can meet the child’s needs, as stated above.

Article 2 of Protocol 1 of the European Convention on Human Rights states that:

“No person shall be denied the right to education. In the exercise of any functions which it assumes in relation to education and to teaching, the State shall respect the right of the parents to ensure such education and teaching is in conformity with their own religious and philosophical convictions.”

Read the Elective Home Education Guidelines for Local Authorities here

The internet abounds with information on the legal rights of home educators, and home education law in the UK.  Knowledge is power, and understanding your rights and responsibilities, as well as those of the Local Authority, is essential for any home educator.  Fiona Nicholson of Ed Yourself Home Education Consultancy has put in a great amount of effort to supply accurate and up-to-date information, and so there is no need for this website to replicate the great work she has done.  Visit her page on Home Education law here.

Research Documents on Home Education

Home-Education: Aims, Practices and Outcomes

Paula Rothermel,of Durham, 2002       Click to read