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Can 'flexi-schooling' arrangements be put in place? We look at whether children can be educated both at home and at school, and what schools should consider before agreeing to requests. You'll also find advice on responsibility for the achievement of flexi-schooled pupils and recording attendance.

Rights of parents and headteachers

'Flexi-schooling' refers to a combination of school attendance and home education.

The GOV.UK website explains that parents can teach their children at home, either full-time or part-time. They should write to the headteacher before doing so.

Headteachers must accept requests for full-time home-schooling, but can refuse to allow part-time home-schooling.

Home education, GOV.UK

Refusing a request

A school leader asked us what steps the school could take where a request for flexi-schooling has been refused but the parent continues to take their child out of school to home educate them during the week.

A Department for Education (DfE) representative said that in such cases, the school should treat the time spent out of school as unauthorised absence, and follow its usual procedures for dealing with this.

Another of our articles looks at when schools can issue penalty notices for non-attendance and

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