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Educating Your Child At Home

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Most people choose to send their children to school to be educated, but you are legally entitled to educate your child at home.

You don't have to be a teacher, operate to a timetable or follow the national curriculum (although you're perfectly at liberty to do so if you wish).

If your child has never been to school or you are new to the area you don't have to tell us. 

If your child is registered at school you will need to send a letter to the head teacher informing them that you wish to educate your child at home.  We will then contact you to and ask for some basic information.

Please note:

  • Where a child is registered at a school as a result of a school attendance order parents must ask the local authority to revoke the order.
  • Where a child is placed at a special school under arrangements made by the local authority,we will ask the school to remove the child from the school register once we have received the necessary information from parents

If you would like to talk to one of our Elective Home Education (EHE) support workers about your decision to home educate or you would like any further support and advice about any information on this site please contact us

Consultation network

We have recently reviewed the Lancashire procedures and associated paperwork relating to Elective Home Education and we are now looking at other ways to improve how we communicate with, and work with home educators and are keen to develop a process for future discussions and consultation. If you would like to become part of this informal consultation network please contact us.

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