Every child has a right to an education, and it is the duty of the parent of every school age child to provide that education, either by sending the child to school, or by other means. Home education is a key aspect of parental choice and is an equally valid choice alongside the option to send a child to school.
Each individual enquiry about home education, request to withdraw a child from school, or contact between a local authority and a home educating family will be dealt with fairly, consistently, timeously and accurately as possible.
What do I need to do to request to withdraw my child from school?
You must seek our consent before withdrawing your child from school. You can do this by writing or emailing us to inform us of your decision to home educate your child and to request consent to withdraw them from school. Include initial proposals of how you intend to provide an efficient and suitable education for your child. These proposals do not need to be detailed but must give an indication of educational objectives and proposed resources.
What happens after I have sent a request to withdraw?
We will acknowledge receipt of your letter and check if there is anything in your child’s record to cause concern. If we have no cause for concern and you have provided outline proposals of your educational provision, we should be able to grant written consent within six weeks from receipt of your letter. At this point, you will be provided with a named contact from the education authority who is familiar with home education. Where more information is required for your educational proposals, we will contact you as soon as possible.
Can I withdraw my child from school as soon as I have sent my request letter?
You may start your provision of home education once you have received our written consent. It is best if you apply for consent to withdraw in advance of the date that you wish your child to stop attending school. Many families choose to write to us at the end of a school term so that the process can be progressed over the holidays. We understand that this is not always possible and we will always take a reasonable approach in such circumstances.
Will I need to meet with a contact from the education authority?
We like to meet families – either at your home or elsewhere. This gives you the opportunity to meet your named contact and to informally discuss any issues that you might have about home education. This meeting is entirely optional. Alternatively, you can advise us that you wish your contact with us to be by phone, letter or email.