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Education at Home

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A Parent's Choice

The Education (Scotland) Act 1980 states that it is the duty of the parent or guardian of every child of school age to provide efficient education for them suitable to their age, ability and aptitude, either by them attending a public school regularly or 'by other means'.

Education at Home is one such 'other means'.  It is conditional upon the parents providing an education suitable to the age, ability and aptitude of their child.  It should also take account of any special educational needs that the child may have.

Providing education at home for your child(ren) can be a very rewarding experience for both parents and children but it is also a significant commitment as it means removing the child(ren) from the school system. If you are considering providing education for your children at home, you might find it helpful to discuss your plan with the Headteacher at your child's school in the first instance.  Alternatively you can request an informal discussion with a member of the Inclusion Service by contacting

What is efficient and suitable education?

You may find it helpful to give consideration to aspects of education provision detailed below:

  • It is expected that parents and carers will have considered all alternatives before choosing to educate their child at home.  They will be aware of their child's needs and will be committed to providing an appropriate educational experience. 
  • The child will be stimulated socially, intellectually, physically and emotionally by their learning experiences 
  • Children will be involved in a broad spectrum of activities to cater for the wide variety of interests appropriate to the child's stage of development. 
  • Parents will ensure their child has adequate access to resources and materials such as paper, pens, books, libraries, arts and craft materials, physical activity, ICT and the opportunity to interact with peers and other adults.
  • Consistent involvement of parents/carers, although not necessarily constantly or actively involved in providing education - private tutors may be employed for example.

More information is available in our icon Education at Home Frequently Asked Questions [34Kb].