Birmingham City Council

Key considerations before choosing home education

Think carefully about your decision. It is a great responsibility, demanding a lot of commitment, energy and time. In addition, once your child’s name is removed from the school’s register, it may be very difficult to find another school place should you change your mind.

If you have a difficulty or disagreement with the school, teacher or headteacher do contact the governing body. Contact the Education Welfare Service if you think it necessary and consider other local schools as a further option. Information about applying for school places can be found on the School Admissions website.

Plan for your child’s learning before making a decision. Research a range of topic areas (eg: what else does mathematics involve apart from number work? Explore local sports facilities, etc).

Look at potential costs involved. There is no funding available for those who choose to educate their child at home. There are costs for books, paper, computer, equipment, educational visits, etc. The Internet is a very good source of free learning. Consider arranging opportunities for social contact with other children.

Keep your options open. Your child’s needs change at different ages and stages. Birmingham City Council is always happy to help you find a school place. Make the most of all support and information available.

Research and plan for your child’s learning before you remove your child’s name from the school.