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When considering home education, often the first questions asked are:

Is it legal?
The simple answer is yes.  Education in the UK is compulsory, going to school is not.

Do I need to be a teacher?

Do I need to follow the national curriculum?

Mainstream is not the only stream of education - An introduction to home-based education
by Zena Hodgson
Sets out to answer some of the initial questions you may have when considering whether home education may be the right choice for your family. It also provides the essential information needed to make those first steps into a new home-based learning journey with your child.
Includes answers to questions about socialisation, what is a suitable education, exams, where to start and sample de-registration letters that you can use to send to your child's school if you choose to home educate.
A FREE pdf version is available on this page.
Suggested de-registration letter that can be used:

Suggested request letter for de-registartion from a SEN special school that can be used
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As well as home educating our 3 children throughout their “school years", I am also passionate about helping other families with their home educating journeys.  If you would like to know more about how I may be able to support you, please visit
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