PE01730: Registration of home educated children in Scotland


Petitioner: Kenneth Drysdale


Date Lodged: 20 August 2019

Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to conduct an urgent review to identify children who are not registered with an Education Authority in Scotland and are being denied a basic human right to access an education suitable to age, ability and aptitude.

Petition History:

SPICe Briefing (121KB pdf) 


19 September 2019: The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government. It also agreed to write to School House. Official Report of Meeting 19 September 2019

20 February 2020: The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government and COSLA. Link to Official Report of Meeting 20 February 2020

8 October 2020: The Committee agreed to close the petition under Rule 15.7 of Standing Orders on the basis that the Scottish Government is preparing a revised version of the statutory guidance on home guidance, and will be engaging with stakeholders as part of this process. Link to Official Report of Meeting 8 October 2020

Written submissions

PE1730/A: Families Need Fathers Scotland submission of 28 August 2019 (88KB pdf)

PE1730/B: Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills submission of 19 October 2019 (123KB pdf)

PE1730/C: Petitioner submission of 30 November 2019 (112KB pdf)

PE1730/D: Petitioner submission of 11 February 2020 (106KB pdf)

PE1730/E: Petitioner submission of 9 March 2020 (109KB pdf)

PE1730/F: Scottish Home Education Forum submission of 13 May 2020 (168KB pdf)

PE1730/G: Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills submission of 18 September 2020 (66KB pdf)

What are your views on the fact that children do not have to be registered with the local education authority or health care practice when moved between any of the education authorities?

What potential consequences do you think this loophole brings?

Do you have any suggestions on how the situation should be addressed?

Time to get many children are under the radar and nobody cares. Their supposed guardians can say what they want and do nothing...nobody is checking to s

Deborah lawson

11:40 on 20 Jul 2019

I am very concerned that there is no register for children, no method of assessment, no level of attainment required, and minors are being denied access to education and a basic human right.

Kenny Drysdale

8:29 on 13 Jul 2019

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