Home schooling

The 1996 Education Act states that "it is the duty of parents to secure an appropriate full-time education for their children". Most parents carry out this duty by ensuring that their child attends a school, and a small minority of parents decide to educate their children at home.

Planning an effective curriculum

Home education does not have to be delivered by subjects but would be expected to develop knowledge and skills in the three core areas of:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science

A good educational programme should include elements such as:

  • ICT
  • Problem solving
  • Personal, social and health education
  • Outdoor and environmental education
  • Citizenship, including careers education
  • Home economics and living skills
  • The programme should be suitable, efficient and full-time

Home schooling and SEN

If you decide to home educate and your child has special educational needs, you should ensure that the education you are providing for your child is suitable to any special educational needs identified in your child's statement.

How to start

If your child is already enrolled at a school, you must give written notification to the Headteacher and governors of the school, stating that you intend to provide home education for your child. The school will delete your child's name from the register and notify the Education Welfare Service.


Telephone: 020 8871 8306
Email: homeeducation@wandsworth.gov.uk