This information is to support parents or carers who choose to educate their children away from a school setting. We also explain here Camden Local Authority’s ways of making sure that arrangements meet legal requirements.
If you decide to home educate
Write to the head teacher if you plan to take your child out of school. The school will pass your child’s details to Camden or your local authority. You may also want to contact Camden by emailing: email@example.com
Camden schools must complete an off roll notification to the Local Authority. This is to inform us that a child is being home taught. Off Roll Notification Form (PDF)
Camden Council will then write to you to confirm that we have been told you are home educating. Camden will ask each home educator to complete an outline of education plan for their child/children. EHE Outline Plan Form
We will offer an appointment to meet with the Home Education Advisor.
Flexi-Schooling or “flexible school attendance” is an arrangement between the parent and the school. The child is registered at school and attends the school only part time. The rest of the time the child is home taught. This can be a long-term arrangement or a short-term measure for a particular reason.
“Flexi-schooling” is a legal option provided the Head Teacher at the school concerned agrees to the arrangement. The child must follow the National Curriculum whilst at school, but not whilst being taught at home. Please use the application form to submit a request to your child’s school.
Education for all children in the United Kingdom is compulsory, but attendance at a school is not. This is provided suitable arrangements are in place. Section 7 of the Education Act 1996 states:
“it shall be the duty of the parent of every child of compulsory school age to cause him to receive efficient full time education suitable to his age, ability, and aptitude, [and to any special needs he may have] either by regular attendance at school or otherwise.”
To be considered efficient, alternative or home education doesn't need to be the same as that received at school. It must though convince a reasonable person that the education is appropriate for the child.
When a child has special educational needs, there is a legal requirement to make particular arrangements. Guidance will be given in the child’s Education Health and Care Plan.