Skip to main content

Home Education

Question for Department for Education

UIN HL2300, tabled on 19 October 2017

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many children were receiving home education in each of the last 12 months for which figures are available; and what arrangements are in place to ensure that this education enables children to experience a broad and balanced curriculum as required by legislation.

Answered on

31 October 2017

No information is collected centrally on the numbers of children in England being educated at home.

Under section 7 of the Education Act 1996, parents are responsible for ensuring that a child of compulsory school age receives an efficient full-time education suitable to his or her age, ability, aptitudes, also any special educational needs and disabilities that the child has.

There is no specific legal requirement for a ‘broad and balanced curriculum’ and parents who educate children at home have freedom to devise their own curriculum and pedagogical approach. Local councils have a duty to identify, so far as possible, children who are not receiving an education which meets the requirements in section 7, and as part of that process will consider the educational provision made when it appears that it may not be suitable for the child in question.