Scottish Borders Council


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Scottish Borders Council home education policy

Policy document (dated April 2008)

Home education

Education is mainly carried out in our schools but you may choose to educate your children at home. You should contact the head teacher of your school to put your request in writing.*

We acknowledge your rights to home educate. All requests will be dealt with fairly and consistently.

We would expect home education to meet the following principles.

That every child:

has the opportunity to develop as a successful learner, effective contributor, confident individual and responsible citizen**
knows they are valued and supported
has the opportunity to develop a range of knowledge and skills
finds learning relevant and meaningful
is challenged and engaged by their learning

If a child has attended one of our public schools then parents must seek consent from us to home educate.***

Consent is not required, but it is requested that you inform us if:

a child has never attended a public school
a child has never attended one of our public schools
a child is being withdrawn from an independent school
a child has finished primary education and has not started secondary education
the school the child has been attending is closed
* It is the council which processes consent as a simple admin task that has nothing to do with the head teacher.

** Consent cannot be conditional on these externally dictated outcomes which are not universally 'desired'.

*** No consent is required to home educate per se, only to withdraw a school-age child from a council schoool s/he has attended on one occasion or more (with some exceptions).


None named (despite statutory guidance requiring this)