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Welsh Government Takes Aim at Homeschooling
November 13, 2019: Legislation being proposed in Wales could reverse the trend toward homeschool freedom in the United Kingdom.

Single Dad, 25, Insists Homeschooling Three Children is a Joy
May 5, 2019: To do the job, reports Media magazine, he is constantly training himself on different topics to make sure he can do the best job he possibly can as a father and teacher.

Number of Homeschooled Children in Kent Doubles in Seven Years
March 25, 2019: According to a website, some parents choose this schooling method for the freedom and individuality it provides but some say they have no other option.

Home Education Rises 50 Percent in Wiltshire
March 18, 2019: Local officials note that among those being removed from public school to be homeschooled are many students with special needs.

Mom Explains Why Her Kids Haven’t been to School for Five Years
March 17, 2019: She tells a newspaper in Liverpool why she believes homeschooling has allowed her two sons to thrive.

Education Bill could Face Legal Challenge
March 13, 2019: The host of a radio show on the Isle of Man discusses a proposed law that could all but outlaw homeschooling there.

British Homeschoolers Under Criminal Law Threat
February 14, 2019: Officials in the Isle of Man not only want to make it harder to homeschool, they are seeking to criminalize parents who resist sending their children to traditional school.

Schools Pushing Children into Homeschooling, Say Councils
January 17, 2019: The Guardian reports that some schools are forcing students with academic or behavioral problems to homeschool.

Homeschooling Soars as Parents React to Cuts in the Classroom
January 13, 2019: A national newspaper in Scotland reports that increasing numbers of parents are teaching their children at home amid frustration over cuts to mainstream education.

Homeschooling on the Rise over Fears of Expulsion
November 12, 2018: More British parents are turning to home education because their child is at risk of expulsion from school, Sky News research has shown.

Homeschooling: When Lessons are at the Kitchen Table
October 8, 2018: A newspaper chronicles the growth of homeschooling in Northern Ireland.

Homeschooling: When Lessons are at the Kitchen Table
October 8, 2018: The BBC reports on the growing homeschool movement in Northern Ireland.

Protecting Parental Rights in the UK
October 5, 2018: The family unit, parental rights, and the protection of children are under threat as never before, and it is up to each person to preserve the freedoms the UK currently has through prayer, support, and awareness.

Number of Homeschool Children in Wirral at 10-year High
September 20, 2018: A newspaper in England writes that, according to a government report, home-education in one school district keeps growing.

Call to Monitor Dorset’s Home-educated Children
July 12, 2018: Local lawmakers want to allow officers to check on home-educated children, according to the BBC.

Homeschooling in the UK increases 40% over three years
June 15, 2018 "The rise in homeschooling suggested 'something quite tragic about the state of the education system'"—Dr. Carrie Herbert

Home-schooled child was 'seen as a problem'
April 26, 2018 Oliver Wood, 15, an autistic student considered a "problem" for his former UK school, is one of thousands of children being homeschooled.

Worry over increasing number of home school educated children in Nottinghamshire
May 13, 2018 Councillor Owen called on the minister to consider compulsory registration of home educated students.

Homeschoolers Enjoy Freedom in the United Kingdom—But for How Long?
April 6, 2018: In terms of home education, the United Kingdom has been described as one of the most permissive in the world. That could change.

Can Homeschooling Bring a Grassroots Revival to Jersey Island?
March 28, 2018: A homeschool mom on the island of Jersey reflects on how home education has helped her inculcate spiritual values.

House of Lords Prepares Law to Monitor Homeschooled Pupils
February 2, 2018: A bill to introduce greater monitoring for homeschooled children is in a “good position” to pass into law, according to its sponsor Lord Soley.

Home Education and the Safeguarding Bandwagon
January 12: A Christian blogger reports: The safeguarding bandwagon in relation to home education rolled on throughout the Christmas break.

Homeschooling Advocates Monitoring British Bill
January 9, 2018: An attorney who defends U.S. homeschoolers and their legal protections is warning about a bill in Great Britain that one day could materialize here.

Will Britain Treat Homeschoolers Like Outlaws?
December 12, 2017: U.K. lawmaker Lord Clive Soley is pressing forward with a bill that would force homeschooling families to register with the government and submit their children to extensive assessments.

Repressive U.K. Bill Raises Specter of Badman Report
July 12, 2017: Lord Clive Soley has introduced a bill that would impose dramatic restrictions on English and Welsh parents who choose to educate their children at home.

Making a Difference, One Family At a Time
September 26, 2016: What do Queen Elizabeth, homeschool families, and Wales have in common? Find out at TEACH camp.

British Supreme Court Halts Plan to Monitor Children
August 2, 2016: The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom last week blocked key provisions of the 2014 Children and Young People Bill—a controversial Scottish law that would have ordered the government to assign a “named person” to monitor every child in the country.

Answering the Objections: British Parents Offer Encouragement
June 16, 2016: Amidst the authority of the parent being questioned undermined, home educators offer reminders about the impact of homeschool parents.

Hating the new SATS? Meet the mums who chose home education over 'sausage factory' schools
May 5, 2016: A lengthy article by the Telegraph interview a number of homeschools and discusses why Brits choose to homeschool.

Grinchy Government Decries “Scandal” of Unregistered Homeschoolers
December 21, 2015: In a shocking statement, national education official Neil Carmichael called on the U.K. to register all homeschooled children.

Suddenly I’m Teaching My Child A-levels in the Kitchen
December 15, 2015: A bright, ambitious student found herself in “academic hinterland” when conventional schooling failed to accommodate her deafness. She is now being taught at home.

Welsh Homeschoolers Need Your Help Immediately!
June 29, 2015: Sign the petition to stop regulations that would impose onerous restrictions on homeschoolers in Wales.

Homeschooled child prodigy Charlie Downing graduates with first-class honours aged just 15
February 28, 2015: Maths genius Charlie is not yet old enough to drive but already preparing for life as a pilot with flying lessons

Council’s Homeschooling Plan “Illegal Infringement of Rights”
January 7, 2015: Homeschooling parents in a London borough are campaigning against council plans to impose an annual home visit to monitor their children, saying it contravenes their parental rights.

UK Considers another Crackdown on Homeschooling
October 2, 2014: Homeschooling has been growing in Northern Ireland but now finds itself under attack.

New UNCRC-Linked Policy Threatens Homeschool Freedom
May 20, 2014: Homeschoolers in Northern Ireland are asking for global support in opposing a new and imperious policy directed against home education.

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.

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Briefing on Home Education in England

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

 Contact Information

Christian Home Education Support Service (CHESS)
Contact: Roger Slack
48 Heaton Moor Road, Stockport, SK 4NX, United Kingdom
Phone: 44 161 432 3782
Send an email

The European Academy for Christian Homeschooling (TEACH)
POC: Nathan Field – TEACH Manager
Tel: +44 1793 783 783
Send an email
TEACH Facebook page

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

Last Updated: June 29, 2016