Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

Home education

The right to home educate

Choosing to home educate your child is your right, and you do not as such, need permission to do so, as long as you provide an efficient education suitable to the age, ability and aptitude of the child, 

What must I do if I want to home educate my child?

As an Education Authority we aim to work in partnership with parents who wish to home educate their children.

If you intend to home educate your child you must ask for consent to withdraw them from the school roll, unless they:

  • have never attended a public school
  • have never attended a public school in the authority’s area
  • have been withdrawn from an independent school
  • have finished primary education in one school but have not started secondary education in another *
  • have been attending  a school which has closed *

*you may choose to notify us that you intend to home educate*

You should write to us as early as possible and where reasonably practical, before the date that you wish to withdraw your child from school. You should also include initial proposals as to how you intend to provide education for your child.

Guidance for parents and carers including details of Home Education Organisations:

Write to us

You can ask to remove a child or children from school by sending a letter seeking consent to withdraw and outlining  your proposals to educate to the Head of Education at the address below:

Contact Information

Linda McAulay-Griffiths,

Head of Education

Education Services

East Ayrshire Council

Civic Centre (South)

16 John Dickie Street

Kilmarnock, KA1 1HW

Email: Education-Admin@east-ayrshire.gov.uk