Scottish law is different to Wales

Home education & the Law in Scotland

National guidance

Please note that this section should be read in conjunction with the Statutory Guidance on home education which was issued by the Scottish Government in January 2008 and sets out the respective roles and responsibilities of parents, children and education authorities.

You can read the Guidance online here:

Also available to download here:

Scottish Government Education Directorate

Educational Options Team,

Victoria Quay,

Edinburgh EH6 6QQ

Tel:  0131 556 8400 



Local policies

Since information about home education is often well concealed or non existent on council websites, Schoolhouse has created a web page  for each of the 32 local authorities in Scotland so that home educators can more easily access local policies, relevant information for parents and named contacts.

Published by Schoolhouse the Scottish experts