Home Education: Assessments

Department for Education written question – answered on 26th March 2018.

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Photo of Frank Field Frank Field Chair, Work and Pensions Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will ensure that children educated at home are required to sit all national tests sat by children in schools.

Photo of Anne Milton Anne Milton Minister of State (Education)

There is no requirement for home educated children to sit national tests. Section 7 of the Education Act 1996 requires parents to make sure that their child receives an efficient, full-time education which is suitable to the age, ability and aptitudes of the child, and any special educational needs. Parents have wide discretion as to the content of that education and how it is taught. They are not required to follow the National Curriculum, to which the key stage tests are linked.

Children attending school are not legally required to sit the national key stage tests, although most children in state-funded schools and some independent schools do take them.

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