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Registering and monitoring home-based education

The proposals in this consultation seek to introduce a compulsory registration and monitoring scheme for children who are home educated.
Start of consultation: 03/09/2012
End of consultation: 23/11/2012

Every child has a fundamental right to an education. It is the duty of the parent of a compulsory school age child to ensure that suitable education is being provided. Much of a child’s early development takes place entirely in the home environment. As children grow and develop most parents choose to send their children to school, however some elect to educate their child within the home environment.

The consultation will run for a period of 12 weeks and responses are requested by 23 November 2012.  In addition, a small number of facilitated workshops will be held to seek the views of children and young people on the proposals. If you would like to attend one of the workshops you can register your interest by emailing