Home education and independent schools

Home education

If you want to educate your child at home, you need to inform their headteacher in writing, so your child’s name can be removed from the school roll.

Parents of children with a Statement of Special Educational Needs (SEN) or an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) have the same rights to educate their children at home, as parents of children who do not. Where a child has a Statement of SEN/EHCP, we must make sure the child’s needs are met and the Statement/EHCP remains in force.

Enfield SEN services must be satisfied that parents are able to make suitable provisions for the child in accordance with the Statement of SEN/EHCP. We will send you guidance notes on home education as well as a form requesting information about the education you will be providing.

An adviser will then visit your family to discuss the education programme and long-term education plans for the child. If the home education meets the child’s needs, their Statement of SEN/EHCP will be amended. The SEN service will check the programme is implemented according to the child's needs during annual reviews.

We will not direct the child's learning or provide equipment, books or other resources. When parents choose to home school their child, our role is to assess if it is appropriate and effective.

Independent schools

Parents have the right to send their child to an independent school, for which they will need to meet the costs. Parents still have the right to request an assessment of special educational needs and in some exceptional circumstances we may contribute towards the cost of additional support. 

For more information, see our independent schools in Enfield (PDF , 334KB).

Each school publishes an SEN information report on their website, which explains how they meet the needs of children with SEND. Use our school's map to search for schools by postcode and find their website and contact information.


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