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Elective home education

Parents / carers have a duty to ensure that their children receive a suitable full time education. This can be either by regular attendance at school or otherwise: 

Section 7 of the Education Act 1996 states that parents have a duty to secure education of children of compulsory school age.

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"The parent of every child of compulsory school age shall cause him to receive efficient full-time education suitable:

(a) to his age, ability and aptitude, and

(b) to any special educational needs he may have, either by regular attendance at school or otherwise."

The law allows parents / carers to educate their children at home instead of sending them to school, if they fulfil certain conditions.  

Once a parent / guardian informs the school in writing of their decision to home educate their child, the school should follow the Elective Home Education Inter-Agency Protocol. The child should be removed from school roll. A copy of the letter with the completed Elective Home Education Form should be sent to the Local Authority.