Research and analysis

Exploring moving to home education in secondary schools

This exploratory study investigates the steps that parents, local authorities and schools take in order to move children from secondary school to home education.



The focus of this research is on moving to home education from secondary school. We are concerned about increasing evidence that home education can be a last resort for some families when relationships have broken down between schools and children or parents.

The purpose of this research was, therefore, to understand more fully how moves to home education are made rather than about home education in general. We carried out a small, exploratory study in the East Midlands to help Ofsted improve its understanding of this area.

We have produced a summary and main report for:

  • school and academy trust leaders
  • parents
  • local authorities
  • the Department for Education

We hope that the report will encourage schools and local authorities to work together and with parents, to ensure that home education is not considered to be the only option.

Published 15 October 2019