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Parents Share Homeschooling Stories
February 20, 2014: The Home Service, a homeschool support organization in the United Kingdom that provides help and advice for those homeschooling or considering doing so, asked two of its members to reflect on their homeschool journeys and the benefits it has brought to their families.

Mother loses fight to home-school disabled son
November 12, 2013: The Court of Appeal rules that the 18-year-old, who suffers from cerebral palsy, must go to a school 100 miles away from his family home

Bill to Spy on Parents is Criticised by Families
May 19, 2013: The Scottish National Party is facing growing calls to drop a sinister plan to interfere with family life by assigning every child in the country a state-sponsored guardian—or “Named Person” through a proposed bill in parliament.

The Little Russians Learning to be British
February 12, 2013: Tutor praises homeschooling as she teaches Russian children living in the United Kingdom with great success.

School Registration Bill Worries Welsh Families
September 24, 2012: HSLDA pledges to help homeschool families in Wales as officials there try to pass laws requiring home education registration and inspection.

International Homeschooling—Watch Video from a Dozen Countries
January 2, 2012: Homeschoolers from across Europe gathered for a meaningful time of sharing experiences and learning about the homeschool laws in other countries.

Homeschool Leader Interviews
November 16, 2011: Hear about the current homeschool situations in a number of European countries, recorded at a recent European conference.

United Kingdom: Thoughts of a Home Educated University Student
September 30, 2011: A British homeschool graduate reflects on his education.

United Kingdom: Refreshment & Encouragement in Wales
June 6, 2011: Homeschoolers met together at The European Academy for Christian Homeschooling annual conference for a time of refreshment, encouragement, and fellowship.

An American Homeschool Leader Goes to Europe
June 6, 2011: Read the first—hand account of a Colorado state homeschool leader as he met homeschoolers in England, Ireland, and Sweden.

Good Kite—Flying Days
March 7, 2011: A British homeschooling mother offers meaningful encouragement in a light—heartened manner as she recounts her family’s homeschool journey.

Draconian Homeschool Regulations Tabled—For Now
April 8, 2010: Thanks to the dogged advocacy of British homeschoolers, the government tabled severe restrictions prompted by the notorious “Badman Report.” But the fight could be renewed depending on the outcome of national elections in May.

Press Release: Government Drops Licensing Scheme for Home Educators
April 8, 2010: Home educators today feel a huge sense of relief as the Government has been forced to drop the home education parts of the Children Schools and Families Bill in a last—minute wash—up agreed by front benchers of the three major parties at the end of the current Parliament. (Freedom for Children to Grow)

Draconian Home Education Law Continues to Move Forward
March 5, 2010: The freedom of home educators in the United Kingdom hangs in the balance, as British parliamentarians deliberate over a potential upheaval of current home education law.

Criminal Background Checks Part of Draconian Law Proposed for Homeschoolers
December 12, 2009: A bill proposed by the British government and now making its way through parliament would impose the most burdensome and intrusive regulation on homeschooling in the English—speaking world.

English Home Education: Already In Proper Balance
Shockwaves were sent through the home education community in Britain when the Badman report was released on June 11. Michael Farris takes a close look at the report and reveals its many obvious flaws and fallacies.

New Study — Journal of Early Childhood Research
Comparison of Home and School Educated Children on the Performance Indicators in Primary Schools Baseline Assessments

Homeschooling Under Fire in the UK
There are moves to build bridges in the sometimes acrimonious relationship between education authorities and people who teach their children at home.

In a Class of Their Own
The state won't help parents who want to teach their children at home, so parents have pooled resources to help themselves.

Homeschooling in the United Kingdom
Homeschoolers in England have been able to educate their children without undue interference with educational authorities


 Country Information

Compulsory Attendance Ages: 5-16

Legal Status: Homeschooling is legal in England and Wales under the 1944 Education Act, which was consolidated in 1996. Section 7, Education Act 1996 states, "…[E]fficient full-time education, suitable to his age, ability and aptitude and to any special education needs he may have, either by regular attendance at school or otherwise." Under the "or otherwise" phrase in the law, families can legally homeschool.

There are no requirements to inform the authorities when one is home educating, unless the student was previously enrolled in the government school system. At that time, the parent must let the school official know they are withdrawing their student to home educate him. No other requirements for home education exist.

For Scotland or Ireland, click here.

Number of Homeschoolers: Between 20,000 and 100,000 children.

 Contact Information

Home Service
Contact: Roger Slack
48 Heaton Moor Road, Stockport, SK 4NX, United Kingdom
Phone: 44 161 432 3782
Email: info@thehomeservice.org

The European Academy for Christian Homeschooling (TEACH)
Maranatha House
Unit 5, Northfold Close
Shrivenham, Swindon, SN6 8BE, UK
Phone: 44 1793 783783
FAX: 44 1793 783775
Email: TEACH@christian-education.org

Education Otherwise
Helpline: +44 (0) 845 478 6345
25 Queen Street
Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S1 2DU, UK

Last Updated: February 21, 2014