* please note: we apologise for some errors previously included in this document, these have now been corrected.*
Flexischooling summary and FAQ, updated August 2013
Whilst there is no official definition of Flexischooling, it is widely accepted to be an arrangement where a child attends school on some days and where the rest of the education happens off-site (at home, at wood school etc). It’s still classed as full-time (FT) education.
Yes. Whilst there have been changes made by the Department for Education (DfE) and it is clear that this government is discouraging FS and would like to ban it altogether it is still currently legal to enter into a Flexischooling agreement.
Schools are not obliged to mark pupils as absent. Code B or C could be used. Nowhere in the law does it say approved education off site involves the school being responsible for the welfare. And it is an untenable demand; not in statute and not following case law where a child suffered grievous harm at a swimming lesson and the school / LA were taken to court, the court quite rightly said so long as the school had made reasonable steps to make sure the lesson was safe (it was a public baths with trained lifeguards etc) then they could not be held responsible.
No. The decision is entirely in the school’s hands. Many schools aren’t aware of FS, that they get full funding even for FS pupils, and that FS can work to the advantage of both the pupil and the school. But if you can’t convince the head – or the school already has a policy to not accept FS pupils – your only options are FT school or FT home education. Note: for under fives, full-time school is not a legal requirement, but the head may require FT if it’s an oversubscribed school and you wish them to hold the child’s place.