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Requirements for teaching the child at home

  • Any special educational needs the child may have, must be recognised.
  • You will need to notify the local authority if you are removing the child from a special school.
  • By law, you are required to ensure the child receives full-time education suitable to their age, ability and aptitude.


  • You do not need to be a qualified teacher to educate your child at home.
  • The child is not obliged to follow the National Curriculum or take national tests.
  • You do not need special permission from a school or local authority to educate your child at home, but you do need to notify the school in writing if you're taking the child out of school.
  • You do not need to stick to school hours, days or terms.
  • You do not need to have a fixed timetable.
  • You do not have to give formal lessons.