Types of school
Choosing a state or private school
You have three options available for how and where to educate your children:
These are run by public authorities and you do not pay fees (the money comes from taxes). State schools have to follow rules from the government's Department for Education, for example on the timings of the school year, and the subjects and exams offered.
Private schools ('independent' schools)
Private schools charge fees, and are not bound by the same regulations as state schools.
This is a less common option, but can offer greater flexibility. For more information on home schooling, including the legal requirements, please see: