Home Education & the Law in Scotland

The Scottish Home Education Forum has completed a major piece of research on home educators’ experiences of LA policies, published in March 2020. 

Following on from this research, a new national membership organisation  – Home Education Scotland – has been formed to champion the interests of home educating families in Scotland. Their website is currently under construction and you can join them directly (free of charge) via this link

National home education guidance

Revised statutory guidance on the circumstances in which parents may choose home education was issued by the Scottish Government in January 2008 and sets out the respective roles and responsibilities of parents, children and education authorities.

Read the Scottish Home Education Guidance online
Download the Scottish Home Education Guidance 

Local authority home education policies

Despite statutory guidance requiring councils to make information about home education available on their websites and by other means on request, it is often well concealed or non-existent.  So that home educators can more easily access local policies, relevant information for parents and named contacts, we have published details in our . Scottish Local Authority policies forum and invite members to post updates on their experiences.

Community support

Please refer to the following links for community support.

The Scottish Home Education Forum was founded in 1999 and its archived posts are available to members.
Home Education Support Scotland (Scottish Home Education Forum) is our private Facebook peer support network, which also signposts to local groups.