Withdrawing your child from school (Scotland)

(102 Posts)

A thread for bumping up, to keep general information easily available.

The law in Scotland on Home Education is different from that in England. For full details, I'd recommend reading through the Schoolhouse site, but the basics are as follows:

If your child is attending a state school in the area, you must seek the consent of the education authority to withdraw them from school in order to home educate. To do this, you need to write to the Director of Education for your area, asking them to remove the child's name from the school roll. You will also have to provide outline proposals on your planned educational provision - you can either include this with your letter, or wait for them to ask, but it is quicker to include it. The local authority then has to consider whether there is any existing evidence indicating that there is good reason for refusing consent, eg child protection concern, and also whether there is evidence of the intention to provide "efficient and suitable" education. If there are no problems, they can in theory grant consent straight away, but certainly in most cases they should give a decision within 6 weeks.

You do not have to seek consent if your child has never attended state school in the area, or the school has closed down, or they have finished primary school but not started secondary.

Whether or not you have to seek consent, you will still have to give details of your educational provision, if asked by the local authority.

What is a "suitable and efficient education"?

The Scottish Government Home Education Guidance doesn't define it, but gives the following examples:

1. to prepare the children for life in a modern civilised society; and
2. to enable them to achieve their full potential

Consistent involvement of parents or other significant carers.
Presence of a philosophy or ethos (not necessarily a recognised philosophy), with parents showing commitment, enthusiasm, and recognition of the child's needs, attitudes and aspirations.
The opportunity for the child to be stimulated by their learning experiences.
Involvement in a broad spectrum of activities appropriate to the child's stage of development.
Access to appropriate resources and materials.
The opportunity for an appropriate level of physical activity.
The opportunity to interact with other children and adults.

Julienoshoes Tue 26-Feb-08 09:48:05


Julienoshoes Sat 01-Mar-08 10:34:46


Julienoshoes Fri 07-Mar-08 17:51:06

bump for narkymom, in case you live in Scotland

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Julienoshoes Fri 21-Mar-08 07:19:17

just bumping up the threads where information is needed frequently, to save us saying the same thing over and over.

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Julienoshoes Fri 04-Apr-08 07:58:19

bumping for avenanap in case you are in Scotland

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GentleOtter Wed 30-Apr-08 18:34:21

Thanks a million for this AMuminScotland.
I have a feeling that all hell is going to be let loose as I battle the local authority for funding for a special school for my child.
Their argument is that the local Secondary offers a decent education albeit mainstream, for children with special needs.
While this may well be the case they do not take the human element into consideration and cannot protect the SN children from the 'feral' children. And sod that for a game of soldiers.
The school in question is notoriously rough and my child is particularly vulnerable so I may have no other alternative than to home educate.

What a nightmare.

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julienoshoes Wed 21-May-08 16:34:53

this needs to be up at the top as well.

julienoshoes Wed 21-May-08 23:14:57

bump again

julienoshoes Mon 07-Jul-08 11:21:31

bumped up, so essential info about home ed is kept near to the top.

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julienoshoes Wed 30-Jul-08 15:26:30

just bumping up the threads where information is needed frequently, to save us saying the same thing over and over.

julienoshoes Wed 27-Aug-08 20:49:35

Bumping thread, for anyone interested, as the new school term draws near.

julienoshoes Mon 01-Sep-08 22:22:26

information about home ed for onefunkymama to read.

julienoshoes Tue 30-Sep-08 12:42:24

bunping the thread, as it contains important information and it was falling down the page.

julienoshoes Tue 21-Oct-08 23:01:03

bumping this thread for people new to home education to read

julienoshoes Mon 03-Nov-08 13:11:10

bumping for newbies, who might need the information.

beech81 Thu 06-Nov-08 20:16:05

Thanks for this,seriously considering taking my daughter out of school, this answers a lot of questions

Glad it was helpful beech - do start up a thread if you have other questions!

julienoshoes Tue 25-Nov-08 14:14:20

bumping up in case happyfaceschildcare lives in Scotland

julienoshoes Tue 02-Dec-08 22:40:18

bumping up for jammydoodarh to read in case you are in Scotland

Glad I found this! Thanks everyone.

julienoshoes Mon 15-Dec-08 10:20:19


If we can help in any other way, please do ask.

Have you seen the 'books on home ed' and the 'websites about home ed' threads?

oh someones there! Just attempted to post a thread, still new to mn! I am filtering through the list, thanks!smile

julienoshoes Mon 15-Dec-08 13:40:36

My dd2 says I am always here!

Don't often post on other MN threads-but I am passionate that parents should know that home education is a legal, viable option equal in status with schools. If folks have reliable, accurate information they can make an informed choice about what is right for their family at that time.

Home Education saved the lives of two of my children, they now tell me. We have had a wonderful life together since we deregistered them from school-hence me shouting from the roof tops-and posting on MN! wink

Well done, really hope to get it together for my four! Can't thank you enough, had more help from you this morning than attmpting to trail the internet!grin

julienoshoes Thu 15-Jan-09 19:56:30

bumping this for you to reread mrsdisorganised


julienoshoes Mon 19-Jan-09 17:02:50

bumping-important info for people new to home education.

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julienoshoes Sat 07-Feb-09 23:14:40

bump again for newbies to home ed read

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julienoshoes Mon 02-Mar-09 22:34:43

bumping back up

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julienoshoes Thu 30-Jul-09 08:08:35

bumping up useful threads

julienoshoes Mon 03-Aug-09 10:09:29

bumping in case AramiteCane
is in Scotland

julienoshoes Sun 30-Aug-09 12:48:41

bump for newbies

julienoshoes Mon 31-Aug-09 19:18:08

bump for CheesedOfsted in case you are in Scotland

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julienoshoes Thu 10-Dec-09 15:46:51

bumped in case autonomy lives in Scotland

julienoshoes Sat 26-Dec-09 17:49:53

bump for whispywhisp and other newbies to HE, in case you live in Scotland

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julienoshoes Fri 21-May-10 13:03:16

There seems to be a lot of new people about, who are thinking of home educating.
I'm dashing out now but bumping this and other hopefully useful threads.

SDeuchars Mon 31-May-10 12:52:59

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willowthecat Sat 31-Jul-10 12:55:52

How do you request part time schooling for an autistic child in Scotland. DS (6) attends special school but we would now like to partly home school in the afternoons. Does anyone have experience of this ?

darleneconnor Sun 14-Nov-10 20:06:59

I'll bump this again.

Instead of starting a new thread, can anyone share their experiences of removing a child from a Scottish primary to home educate, please?

Does anyone know of any HE groups near Glasgow?

SDeuchars Mon 15-Nov-10 08:21:31

@darleneconnor: it's better to start a new thread. Lots of old hands won't look at this one because it is assumed to be the standard info - I only looked because it had been bumped but no others had.

I'll start a new thread for you.

julienoshoes Sat 04-Dec-10 15:55:45

bumped for info for newbies

julienoshoes Mon 20-Dec-10 22:17:20

bump in case nelehluap is from Scotland

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misfitmum Fri 07-Jan-11 15:35:22

what if your child has started nursery, do you have to deregister them too? thanks

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julienoshoes Fri 15-Jul-11 16:10:28

bumped for flootshoot in case you are in Scotland

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julienoshoes Wed 11-Jan-12 13:40:43

anticipating the usual peak in January of frantic parents looking for an alternative, I am bumping the 'useful basics' threads.

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julienoshoes Wed 05-Sep-12 12:23:09

bump for all of the people whose children are unhappy in school right now

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julienoshoes Fri 05-Oct-12 16:46:54

bumping because there seems to be an awful lot of new home ed families around

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julienoshoes Mon 21-Jan-13 21:46:29

bump for newbies

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Naomib1980 Wed 01-May-13 10:46:36

Thankyou so much for this thread, i had no idea where to start! Have just been in touch with my local education authority and they were very helpful.

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bump for newbies

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pollypeachum1 Fri 14-Mar-14 20:53:19

Thanks for this. I didn't know who I was supposed to contact for permission to withdraw my child, and it seems that most professionals lead you to believe that home-schooling is not an option. Now I just need to research what qualifies as a good action plan with which to argue a case, should it come to the point where I feel my child would be better off withdrawn from school.

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