The information below is to offer advice and support to those parents/carers in the Bolton borough who are considering or have made the decision to provide a home based education for their child/children instead of mainstream schooling.

The service

  • The service works with parents/carers in partnership;
  • We provide advice and support, including GCSE's, resources etc;
  • We have opportunities to meet other home educators through arranged events, i.e. Smithills Farm and Ten Pin Bowling

The law

The responsibility for a child’s education rests with the parents/carers. 

In England, education is a child's right and the parent/carer must ensure that this happens between the ages of  5-17. This can take place at 'school' or 'otherwise'.

What should I do if I wish to home educate?

If you are withdrawing your child from school and he/she is of statutory school age, you are required to write to your child’s school stating that you wish to educate your child at home.

The school will inform the Achievement Cohesion and Integration Service (ACIS) that you have chosen to be responsible for the education of your child at home and you will be contacted within four weeks; however; if you have not heard from ACIS, please contact them on the information provided. The school will no longer be responsible for your child's education. 

What if my child has special educational needs?

Please see the EHE booklet for more information regarding special educational needs.

I have de-registered my child - what happens next?

ACIS will contact you and offer you a home visit or a meeting to offer advice and support in developing the educational programme for your child/children.


When you as the parent or carer decide to home educate you assume full financial responsibility for the education of your child.  There are a number of sources of advice and practical assistance and the DfE provides an information sheet on elective home education.

For more information regarding ACIS, please contact the service using the contact information provided.

Achievement Cohesion and integration Service (ACIS)

Acis International Family Centre

Shepherd Cross Street




Telephone 01204 338055

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