Start by considering why you want to home educate, and what it is you want to achieve?
By asking these questions it will become clearer what style of education will best suit you and your child. This will indicate what resources you require. The law does not define education, so long as the education can be said to be efficient, full time and suitable to age, ability, aptitude and any special educational needs. This is all that the law (S7 The Education Act 1996) requires an education to be, and nowhere is this further defined. This endorses the potential for individual circumstances and interpretation to endlessly create new ways of achieving this goal.
Each family will find out for themselves what works for them.
If your child has never attended school, no permission or notification is required. If your child already attends a school you must inform the headteacher of your decision in writing to take your child off the school register in order to home educate them.
The school will inform the local authority (council) of your decision. Non-attendance at school without permission while still registered at the school may result in a penalty notice being issued, as this is unauthorised absence from school.
Only if your child already attends a special school or is subject to a School Attendance Order is local authority (council) permission required.
Further information for parents considering educating their child at home is available from these websites:
Home Education Advisory Service (external website)
Education Otherwise (external website)
General information can be found on the government's website:
Department for Education (DfE) (external website)
Government Guidelines on School Attendance Orders may be found at:
Government Guidelines on School Attendance Orders (external website)
Elective Home Education Guidance for Parents (pdf 393kb)