Falkirk Council


If you have you any comments or updates on Falkirk Council's home education policy and/or practice, please post in this thread.

Falkirk Council home education policy (erroneously referred to as Home Schooling)

Home schooling

The responsibility for a child's education lies with their parents. In most cases, parents can decide to educate their child at home. If a child has additional support needs, parents have the same rights.

Parents do not need to have any qualifications or training to home school their child. They will have to show they can provide an 'efficient and suitable' education for their child.

Parents must make sure the Getting It Right for Every Child values are being met.(1) These values are:


Parents do not need our consent to home school(2) their child if:

their child has never attended a public school
their child has never attended a public school in the Falkirk Council area
their child is being withdrawn from an independent school
their child has finished primary education in one school but has not started secondary education in another school
the school the child has been attending has closed

In the last two situations, parents simply need to tell us(3) that they want to home school their child.

How do I withdraw my child from school?

If you wish to withdraw your child from a school they are already attending, please write to:

Falkirk Council Children's Services
Director of Children's Services
Sealock House
2 Inchyra Road

The application should include:

how you will provide an efficient and suitable education for their child
when the home schooling with <sic> start
what the child's views on home schooling are(4)
We will make a decision on most applications within 30 working days (excluding school holidays).(5)
Your child must attend school until we send you a letter approving your application.(6)

We have no legal responsibility to provide parents with access to educational resources and activities if they are home educating.

If you are a parent and are thinking about home schooling, you may find it helpful to discuss your plans with us. Please contact your child's headteacher.(7)


Falkirk Council Children's Services
Director of Children's Services
Sealock House
2 Inchyra Road
01324 506600

Oh dear, where do we start? Home schoolig is not home education and appears nowehere in legislation or guidance.

(1) This is the wellbeing cult of SHANARRI and parents do not need to make sure state-dictated values are being met.

(2) No parents need 'consent to home school'. The only consent required is to withdraw a school age* child from a council school which s/he has attended on one occasion or more (with notable exceptions).
*School age commences in the August following a child's fifth birthday and so some P1 children can be removed without council consent.

(3) Parents do not need to tell them at all.

(4) Children are not required to express their views as the provision of education is a parental choice and school children have no choice as to whether or not they attend. This is a common and deliberate perversion of Article 12 of the UNCRC which is a right not a compulsion.

(5) It's 6 weeks (42 days) icluding school holidays unless they can demonstrate good reason for the delay.

(6) Unless parents can demostrate reasonable excuse for non-attendance (e.g. certificated illness). National guidance states that councils must behave reasonably in any case.

(7) Head teachers have nothing to do with the process of withdrawing chidren from school as it is a simple administrative taskcarried out by the council. Head teachers also have no experience in anything other than council mass schooling which is largely irrelevant to the practice of home education.