Home Education & the Law

Parents are legally responsible for ensuring that their children are educated according to age, aptitude and ability during their compulsory education years.


Parents may choose either to send their children to school or to provide education by other means (Scotland) or cause them to receive education otherwise than at school (England, Wales and N Ireland).


Home education is equal to schooling in the eyes of the law throughout the UK, although it should be noted that the primary legislation differs between the four nations and parents should ensure they are properly informed of the applicable legislation and guidance.


For accurate information on the law, please refer to one or more of these reputable home education organisations.


Links to government home education guidelines (England) and statutory guidance (Scotland):

Elective Home Education Guidelines for Local Aithorities in England

Scottish Home Education Guidance for Local Authorities


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