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 things that the government's GOV.UK: Elective Home Education guidance says we may reasonably expect your home education to include.