The responsibility for a child's education lies with their parents. Most parents send their children to school but, if they want to, parents have the right to choose to educate their child at home.
If a child has additional support needs, parents have the same rights.
Children also have a right to have their views taken into account subject to age and capacity.
Parents do not need to have any qualifications or training to home school their child. They will have to show they can provide an 'efficient and suitable' education for their child’s age, ability and aptitude.
Parents must make sure the Getting It Right for Every Child values are being met. These values are:
Parents do not need the consent of the Education Service to home school their child if:
In the last two situations, parents simply need to tell us that they want to home school their child.
If a parent wishes to withdraw their child from the school roll of a school they are already attending, please write to:
Chief Education Officer
Alloa FK10 1EB
The request should include:
We will make a decision on most requests within 30 working days (excluding school holidays). The child must attend school until we send a letter approving the parent’s request to remove them from the school roll.
The Chief Education Officer may not approve immediately the request for the removal of a child from the school roll in order to home educate in the following circumstances:
We have no legal responsibility to provide parents with access to educational resources and activities if they are home educating. However, the home education link officer will provide information, advice and will consider any requests for practical support and resources.
If you are a parent and are thinking about home schooling, you may find it helpful to discuss your plans with us. Please contact your child's head teacher or the link officer for home education in Kilncraigs.
Our Guidance on Home Education is also available to refer to.
Education & Schools
Kilncraigs, Greenside Street, Alloa, FK10 1EB
Tel: 01259 450000