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What should I do if I want to educate my child at home?
The responsibility for a child's education rests with the child's parents.
In England, education is compulsory but schooling is not and you have a right to educate your child at home instead. However, you have a legal duty to make sure that your child receives an education suitable to their age, ability and aptitude, and to any special educational needs they may have.
If your child has never been to school, you do not need to take any action prior to starting home based education.
However, if you do let the local authority know of your decision to home educate, then you may find the information, support and advice offered by the elective home education adviser to be of benefit.
If your child is in school you must formally de-register them by writing to the head teacher to say that you intend to teach your child at home. Your child's name will then be taken off the school roll and the school will have no further responsibility for your child's education.
The head teacher will inform the local authority of your decision. More information can be found on the home schooling page.