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England and Wales Deregistration

The process of deregistration from mainstream schools in England or Wales is simple. Ensure you understand what Home Education entails and what the Local Authorities duties are before you deregister.

  • You MUST send a deregistration letter or email to school. It must state that you no longer need the school place as you are taking responsibility for your child’s education by Home Educating.
  • Get a postal receipt, ask for a receipt from school or an email acknowledgment. This is so they can not claim to have not received your deregistration.
  • You are not obliged to give any notice. You can take the letter in as you pick your child up on their last day, or on the morning of the first day they don’t attend.
  • Please be aware that once you have sent the deregistration letter your legal duty is complete. You are not obliged to chase the school up for confirmation or to inform the LA of your intent.
  • Home Education must take place from day one. Read our where to start section.
  • Many schools will not acknowledge or respond to your letter. Do not panic.
  • The school MUST remove the child’s name immediately.
  • The school will pass your details to the EHE team at the LA.
  • Sometimes schools do not understand Home Education and may try to convince you it is a bad idea.  Some may say things like ‘it will be detrimental to the child’, or that it ‘is illegal’.  Please feel confident that it is legal and in most cases it will not harm your child’s development. 
  • You are not obliged to discuss your decision with the school. There are no legal requirements or reasons to meet with school if you are confident in your decision to Home Educate.
  • The deregistration process for children in mainstream school with an EHCP is the same. Though some schools will try to tell you otherwise.
  • Deregistering usually triggers an EHCP review, this is normal. You do not have to allow the EHE person to be present at reviews.
  • If your child has never been enrolled in a school you need not inform anyone of your decision.
  • If your child is due to start/already enrolled in Nursery or Reception you must inform the school that you do not need the place any more, you are not obliged to inform them as to why.
  • If your child is under 5 years old and registered at a school, you should inform the school you no longer require the place. No reason is needed except that your child is not of compulsory school age and you have decided not to utilise the place.
  • If your child attends a fee paying school you do not have to deregister, you do however have to inform the school the date the child will stop attending (make sure you are in-line with any contract/agreement you have agreed with regards to fees).
  • If the school refuse to remove your child’s name then they are breaking the law.  You have fulfilled your legal duty by sending the deregistration letter, but if you wish to you can send our failure to deregister letter explaining the law to them.
  • If you are considering deregistering a teenager, please read this page.
  • Ensure you have read through all of our website so that you understand what Home Education is and isn’t. Remember you do not have to create school at home, you are responsible for ALL of the education, including costs and sourcing materials exams, and that the role of the LA is one of ensuring the provision is suitable, not one of support or advice.
  • Remember to join local and national Home Education groups on Facebook.