For those in England and Wales.

When parents wish to remove a child from school in order to home educate they need to go through the deregistration process.   This involves writing to the headteacher of the school.   Permission to home-educate is not required, except where the child is a pupil at a special school or where the child is subject to a school attendance order. 

Here is a sample a deregistration letter to be sent to the school. 



Date                                                                                                                            Your Address

Headteacher’s Name
School Address

Dear (School Head)

Re: Child’s name (date of birth)

After careful consideration I/we have decided to withdraw my/our daughter from school in order to take personal responsibility for his/her education. Please delete his/her name from the school register in accordance with Education (Pupil Registration) Regulation 8(1)(d) 2006, as he/she is now receiving education otherwise than at school.

Please will you confirm receipt of this letter and inform us of the date that our son’s / daughter’s name was removed from the register.

Yours sincerely


Home Education in Scotland and Northern Ireland

Home Education legislation in Scotland and Northern Ireland is different from that covering England and Wales.

Schoolhouse is Scotland’s national home education support charity.  Click to visit the Schoolhouse website

Home Education Northern Ireland is a group for home educators in Northern Ireland. Visit the HEdNI website to find out more.