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1. Introduction

2. What choice of school do I have for my child?

3. When must my child go to school?

4. May I teach my child at home?

5. What will my child be taught at school?

All state-maintained schools must provide the national curriculum. This sets out what most children should be taught. However, a school can 'except' (remove) your child from some or all of the national curriculum for a short time if they think this is best for your child. You have a right to ask the head teacher to remove your child from certain lessons for a strong educational reason.

You can appeal to the school's governing body if:

  • you don't agree with the school's decision to remove your child; or
  • the head teacher won't remove your child when you ask for this.

You have the right to stop your child taking part in:

  • all or part of any sex education that is not part of the national curriculum; and
  • religious education and worship. (You can also take your child out of classes or out of the school at the start or end of a school session for religious education or worship.)

You can also complain about the curriculum to the governing body and to the local education authority.

6. What should I be told about my child and their progress?

7. What do I have to pay for at school?

8. What can I do if my child is being bullied?

9. What rights does the school have to discipline my child?

10. What happens if my child can't go to school?

11. What say do I have in how the school is run?

12. What if I am not happy about my child's school or education?

13. How can I get the right education for my child if they have special needs?

14. Further Help

15. About this leaflet

This leaflet was published by the Legal Services Commission (LSC). It was written in association with the Advisory Centre for Education.

Leaflet Version: November 2019

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