Manchester City Council

Schools, education & childcare Educating your child at home

Choosing home education

In our city there are some parents who have decided not to send their children to a maintained or non-maintained school and instead educate at home or otherwise.

Parents are responsible for ensuring that their children receive a suitable education. A ‘suitable’ education is one which prepares the children for life in modern civilised society and enables them to achieve their full potential. The parent is responsible for providing an education which is both suitable to the age, ability and aptitude of the child and any special needs they may have.

It is both legal and acceptable to choose to home educate your children. Where parents have chosen to home educate, we want to ensure that families have access to good information so that they can offer the most positive experience possible. We believe this is best achieved where parents and the council recognise each other’s rights and responsibilities and work together. "The state shall respect the right of parents to ensure such education and teaching in conformity with their own religious and philosophical convictions."

All children have a right to education while they are of compulsory school age. Compulsory school age is from the start of the next school term following their fifth birthday to the last Friday in June of the school year in which they become 16. 

Under the government's new Raising of the Participation Age (RPA) policy, young people will be required to participate in education, training or work with training:

  • until the end of the academic year in which they turn 17 from 2013
  • until they turn 18 from 2015.

If you are or plan to home educate, you will need to continue to provide a suitable education through to the end of compulsory school age.

View our Elective Home Education Policy for further details.

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