Educating your child at home

When your child reaches school leaving age

The school-leaving age for children in England is 16.

This means if your child will turn 16 by the end of the summer holidays, they can leave school on the last Friday in June.

They must then do one of the following until they are 18:

  • stay in full-time education
  • start an apprenticeship or traineeship
  • spend 20 hours or more a week working or volunteering, while in part-time education or training

In Year 11 they will be offered advice from a career's adviser on the next steps of their education, employment, or training.