Every child has a right to an education, and it is the duty of the parent of every school age child and young person to provide that education, either by sending them to school, or by other means such as Home Education.
The Education Service seeks to support home educators to promote the wellbeing and education of children and young people through positive relationships that develop trust, mutual understanding and respect.
East Dunbartonshire Council policy is based upon the Scottish Government's Home Education Guidance (2007) and the following key principles:
- Home education is a key aspect of parental choice, and parents may choose to home educate for a range of different reasons
- Home education is equal in law to sending children to school
- Home education is a right, conditional upon the parents providing an education suitable to the age, ability and aptitude of the child
- The views of the child or young person should be taken into account, where possible, in matters relating to their education
- East Dunbartonshire Council promotes a positive relationship between the local authority and home educators
The Education Service seeks to ensure each enquiry about home education, is dealt with fairly, consistently, timeously and accurately as possible.
For more information in relation to Home Education please contact 0300 123 4510 or email Jackie Swan, Additional Support Needs Service Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please put Home Education Enquiry in the title bar of your email.
For more information about external agencies and supports please scroll to the bottom of this page.
Home Education- Frequently Asked Questions
Who is entitled to home educate their child?
Any parent can choose to home educate so long as they provide an efficient and suitable education that is suitable to the age, aptitude and ability of the child or young person.
How does a parent/ carer withdraw a child from school to Home Educate?
Parents/ carers should write a letter to request consent to withdraw their child from school in order to home educate. This letter should include your child’s name, date of birth and current school.
On receipt of a request or enquiry, Lissie Faulks, Inclusion Support Officer will contact the family to discuss the application process.
Once the process is complete parents or carers will receive a letter informing them whether the request is granted or whether further information is required.
If the request is granted the child’s name will be removed from the school roll.
What information do parents need to provide?
Parents/carers should provide an education proposal.
They need to demonstrate that they are providing an education that is suitable for the child. This proposal should include an indication of resources that will be used.
Parents/ carers can choose to submit a written outline of provision, alternatively a meeting or home visit can be offered to parents to discuss their proposals.
East Dunbartonshire Council will seek opportunities to invite the child to express their views during this process.
How do East Dunbartonshire Council use your information?
On receipt of a request the Inclusion Support Officer, responsible for Home Education, will check whether there is any evidence indicating that there may be good reason to refuse consent, for example where there are child protection procedures or where the child is the subject of a supervision requirement.
We will contact the head teacher of the child’s school to inform them that a home education request has been received, and to gather relevant information from educational records.
All information is stored in accordance with our GDPR policy.
What support is provided to Home Educating families?
The Inclusion Support Officer can be contacted for advice and support at any time. They can provide advice and signpost additional resources.
It is the parent/ carer’s responsibility to provide the resources and to meet any costs associated with this.
How does East Dunbartonshire Council stay in touch with Home Educating Families?
An Inclusion Support Officer will make contact with the family on an annual basis to review progress and offer advice if requested.
The Inclusion Support Officer may occasionally contact families out with the annual review if there is relevant information to be shared.
If there are any concerns about the educational provision, more frequent contact may be requested.
Parents can choose whether to provide a written update, to have a meeting, or to provide information via an alternative means.
All pupils will be given opportunity to express their views about their education should they wish. Young people over the age of 12 have the right to have their views sought about potential changes to their education.
Reach is a service that helps pupils to understand their rights, to feel supported, included, listened to and involved in decisions at school.
What about formal qualifications?
There is no legal requirement for young people to take particular qualifications.
Parents/ carers that home educate can make arrangements for their child to sit formal qualifications, (for example through a local college, or online providers). Parents / carers are responsible for any costs of formal qualifications.
What about my child’s future destination?
Once you child approaches school leaving age the Inclusion Support Officer will provide details for Skills Development Service (SDS) during annual contact.
If consent is given we can signpost other supports and services that can help your child to make decisions about their future.
Would I be eligible for Education Maintenance Allowance?
Young people aged between 16-19 who are following a home education programme may be eligible for Education Maintenance Allowance.
How can a Home Educated pupil access routine vaccinations?
The childhood immunisation team have clinics running to provide vaccinations to home educated children as well as pupils who are absent from school on the day their vaccine is being delivered.
To make an appointment for primary school age children for their flu vaccination, or a child between the ages of 12-17yrs old with a pre-existing health issue parents/carers should email the following address. email@example.com
Please state the child or young person’s name, DOB, CHI (if available) and reason for needing appointment within the email.
What if a child or young person has additional support needs?
A parent/ carer can educate their child at home if their child has additional support needs.
The council may ask parents/carers how they plan to meet their child’s needs at home.
In some cases, we offer continued support or guidance from the Educational Psychology Service.
For further guidance on Additional Support Needs and Home Education. Enquire website: https://enquire.org.uk/3175/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/home-education-asl.pdf
My Say service. My Rights, My Say supports children aged 12-15 with additional support needs to exercise their rights to be involved in decisions about their support in school.
How can I get involved?
Within East Dunbartonshire Home Educating parents are invited to be part of our local parent group. The purpose of this group is to gather views and develop supports to home educating families.
If you are interested in joining this group please email Jackie Swan, Additional Support Needs Service Manager, or Lissie Faulks, Inclusion Support Officer firstname.lastname@example.org
Please include the words Home Education in the title bar of your email.