Home Education

The following information is for parents/carers who may wish to consider home education.

Scottish Government Home Education Guidance sets out the legislative position and provides advice on the roles and responsibilities of local authorities and parents in relation to children who are home educated.

The Home Education Scotland charity also offers support and advice for parents and carers considering home education.

Further resources for home educators in Scotland are available from: www.scothomeed.co.uk

Please note Scottish Home Education Guidance is currently under Government review and local authority Policy will be updated in accordance with this.

The reasons parents/carers may wish to consider home education for their children are extremely varied. Some parents/carers make a philosophical planned decision to home educate their children and research the area in depth.

Home education is a key aspect of parental choice and Shetland Islands Council is committed to working with all parents in an open, consistent and fair manner. Parents are advised that the Council has a legal requirement to ensure that education provided at home is suitable and efficient.

Sometimes parents may turn to home education as a reaction to a school based dissatisfaction with a school environment. If this may be the case, the Councils complaints procedure can be followed.