Flexi-schooling: guidance

Get to grips with flexi-schooling arrangements. Find out what to consider before agreeing to a request, what to include in an agreement with parents/carers and what Ofsted will want to know about the provision.

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on 7 June 2024
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Contents
  1. Flexi-schooling is a combination of school and home education
  2. You don't have to agree to flexi-schooling requests
  3. You are responsible for the pupil while they are in school
  4. Use code K to mark when pupils are educated at home 
  5. Consider these factors when you receive a request
  6. Draw up an agreement together with parents/carers
  7. How Ofsted will inspect flexi-school provision

Flexi-schooling is a combination of school and home education

It's not the same as:

You don't have to agree to flexi-schooling requests

If a pupil is already attending your school, you can refuse a request from parents/carers to educate them at home for some of the time.

If a pupil is already being home educated, you can refuse a request from parents/carers to register them at your school so they can attend for part of the week. 

This is explained in paragraph 10.8 of the DfE guidance on elective home education for local authorities.

You are responsible for the pupil while they are in school

However, the education you provide at school is taken into account when seeing if that

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