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Last updated on 20 October 2017
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Which subjects can parents withdraw their children from? We look at which subjects parents have an automatic right to withdraw their child from and how this applies to maintained schools, academies and independent schools. You will also find advice on disapplying pupils from the National Curriculum.

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  1. Subjects parents may withdraw their child from
  2. Managing requests
  3. Sex and relationships education (SRE)
  4. Religious education (RE)
  5. Physical education (PE)
  6. GCSE subjects
  7. Withdrawal on religious grounds
  8. Disapplying the National Curriculum

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