Help with flexi-schooling

by L. B.
(Cambridge uk)

I want to homeschool my 5 year old daughter for one day a week. The school has no objection and gave me a form to fill in (Steiner school).

But do I need to register with Local Authorities? And would they visit me and check if she has Year 1 level (She has not started to learn how to read or write and will only only begin next year)?

Thank you so much,

L. B.


Hi L.B.

There is no requirement for you to register with the Local Authority (in England) unless you want to.

However, the Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006. Regulation 6(1)(a)(iii) instructs schools to indicate on the register when children are attending an approved educational activity off site - and flexi-schooling falls under this rule. So it is likely that the Local Authorities will be aware of the arrangement.

With regard to home education, the Local Authority has no legal remit to visit you unless you agree. They may ask you to satisfy them that you are fulfilling your legal duty - and you may respond to this either by writing a report, or having a visit.

Hope that helps. Good luck with the flexi-schooling.
Best wishes, Julie.

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