Home Education

Advice on educating your child at home

Every child has the right to an education, and it is the duty of the parent or 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.  However, it is a choise which only a minority of parents make.  Each individual enquiry about home education, request to withdraw a child from school, or contact between a local authority and a home educating family should be dealt with as fairly, consistently, timeously and accurately as possible.

The attached guidance is issued under Section 14 of the Standards in Scotland's Schools etc.  Act 2000 and must be read in conjunction with that Act and the Education (Scotland) Act 1980. 

The guidance applies to home education provided by parents, not to education being provided outwith school by local authorities.

The purpose of the guidance is to set out the legislative position, provide advice on the roles and responsibilities of local authorities and parents in relation to children who are home educated, and to encourage local authorities and home educating parents to work together to develop trust, mutual respect and a positive relationship that functions in the best educational interests of the child.

Page last updated: 23 February 2017