Educating your child at home
many different styles of home education and you are free to use the
method which is right for you and your child.
When your child should be educated
You can either ask a school to educate your child, or you can do
Your child's education must be efficient and full time, and it
must be suitable to their age, ability and aptitude. If your child
has special educational needs, their education should suit those
If you have children of school age, you must ensure that they
School age is from the start date of a school term following a
child's 5th birthday to the last Friday in June when the child's
16th birthday is before the 1st September. For more
information visit our school term dates
Getting permission to educate at home
If your child has never been to school, you don't need to tell
anyone or ask anyone's permission to educate them at home.
If your child is attending a school and you decide to home
educate them instead, you must tell the school in writing so they
can remove your child's name from the school register. The school
will then tell us of your decision. You don't have to give a reason
why you have made this decision.
If your child has a statement of special educational needs and
attends a specialist school, you will need to get permission from
us to educate them at home. It remains our responsibility in this
case to make sure your child's needs are met and to review their
needs annually. You would not need to go to this annual review.
The role of the Children Educated at Home Consultant
The CEHC is employed by Kent County Council and will be happy to
work with all families who have chosen to educate at home. They
won't visit you at home without an appointment. They will offer
advice to you which is specific to your child and their needs,
including where to find curriculum materials and support groups for
home educators. They can also act as a referee for your child when
applying for college entrance or jobs. It is often the CEHC who
will contact you informally to find out how your child's education
The CEHC welcomes the opportunity to make contact with families
who are home educating their children, but it is a decision for you
as a parent.
Paying for home education and private tutors
We do not offer any financial help to you if you decide to
educate your child at home. There are costs involved in educating
your child at home which you will have to consider: for example,
you may need to pay for books, examinations or private tutors.
We do not have any lists of recommended home tutors to offer
you. There are a number of independent organisations who may be
able to help you, or you can look in local advertisements.
Deciding how your child will be educated
You do not have to be a qualified teacher to educate your child
at home, and you do not have to follow the National Curriculum or a
set timetable. If you want to follow the National Curriculum you
can find information on it by visiting the
If you think you might want your child to go to school in
future, it may be in their best interests for you to teach them the
core subjects of English, Mathematics, Science and ICT.
Your child will not have to sit SATs (Standard Assessment Tests)
but some children like to take GCSEs (General Certificates of
Secondary Education). You do not have to wait until your child is
15 or 16 for them to take these exams.
If you want your child to sit an examination, there are a number
of distance learning organisations that can provide all the work
and preparation for the exam, but you will need to find an
examination centre who will allow your child to sit an exam as an
If you want your child to go to school
If you decide that your child should go to school, you need
to advise us that you no longer wish to educate your
child at home and complete an
In Year Admission Form. You will be invited to express up
to three preferences for schools and to return the form to us. We
can also provide you with information on which schools may have
Our responsibilities and duty as a local authority
We understand, respect and accept the right of parents to
educate their children at home.
The Education Act 1996, Section 437-443, confirms a duty on the
Local Authority to act if it appears that a child of compulsory
school age is not receiving education suitable to age, ability,
aptitude and special needs.
A CEHC fulfils this duty on our behalf.
Kent County Council may, from time to time, review its Home
Education Policy. It will do this in consultation with home
Children Educated at Home Consultant
Room 2.07, Sessions House, County Hall, Maidstone, Kent,
Kent Admissions & Transport
Room 2.24, Sessions House, County Hall, Maidstone, Kent MEM