Is online school legal in the UK? | The Sun

CHILDREN require education in school to shape their early learning development, and set them on track for later life.

What many people might not realise though, is that there are plenty of different options that a child can receive teaching, including through a computer. Here's what we know about online learning.

Is online school legal in the UK?

Online school in the UK is legal, but the parent must follow protocols.

The school that your child was previously attending must accept if you’re taking them out completely. 

Parents who home school their children can also enrol them into online classes.

According to GOV.UK, You must make sure your child receives a full-time education from the age of 5, but you do not have to follow the national curriculum.


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Online schools allow children to be able to learn at their own pace, while receiving teaching that will shape their future.

The local council can make an "informal enquiry" to check your child is getting a suitable education at home.

They can serve a school attendance order if they think your child needs to attend a school in person.

How much does online school cost UK?

This depends on the level of education in which the child is studying.

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It is also dependent on the school in which the child is taking lessons from.

How do I switch to online school UK?

If your child has never been enrolled at a school, you are under no legal obligation to inform the local authority of your intentions to educate them online.

It is best to inform the school of your reasoning if the child is enrolled. This is so the school can inform the local authority of your wishes.

You then will need to enquire about availability and costs with the online school you have selected for your child.

What are the best online schools in the UK?

It is important to note that while there are many different options in terms of online schooling, not all of them will necessarily fit best with your child.

The UK's leading online school is King's InterHigh, which offers live and recorded lessons across the World.

There are other companies which offer similar services.

Cambridge Home School offers a range of courses for students aged 7 years to 19 years old.

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The Online School UK delivers lessons to 25 countries across the globe.

Outschool has a range of courses for children aged as young as 3.

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