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Deregistration Letter Template for England and Wales

You can email or type your deregistration letter England and Wales, either way make sure you get a receipt.

Schools can not refuse to deregister, even if your child has an EHCP (the process is different for special schools).

There is no legal requirement to accept a meeting or phone call to discuss your decision.

You can send our failure to deregister letter if school refuses.


Your Name
And Address


School Name
School Address

Dear [Head’s name]

Re – Name of child . Date of birth.

It is after very careful consideration and discussion that we have now decided to take full responsibility for providing for our son/daughter’s education by Home Educating them in accordance with section 7 of the 1996 Education Act.

We therefore instruct school to delete [child’s name] from the school register with immediate effect, in accordance with Regulation 8(1)(d) of the Education (Pupil Registration) Regulations 2006.

We will ensure that our son/daughter is provided with an efficient full-time education suitable to his/her age, ability, aptitude and to any special educational needs.

We are aware that the government currently recommends schools offer a meeting/discussion to those considering home education, however we are not considering it, we are now choosing to home educate, therefore a meeting with you is not necessary. The deregistration should be actioned with immediate effect. 

Yours sincerely