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About Home Education
In the UK there is no legal obligation for parents to send their children to school, although they have to provide a "suitable education" at home.
The figures show an increase of at least 10,399 pupils, up to almost 37,000, in a school population of about 9.5 million pupils.
The home-educated figure may be an under-estimate. When parents withdraw a child from school they are recorded as being home educated, but children who never start school may not be reflected in the statistics.
Among 190 councils with figures for 2014-15, there were 178 with data for the past three years, showing a 26% increase.
For 133 of the local authorities, there was data from 2009-10 to 2014-15, showing that numbers had risen by almost two thirds.
In the USA
In 2003, NCES found that this number had grown to 1.1 million. And in 2007, NCES found that 1.5 million students were homeschooled. The new report concludes that approximately 1,770,000 students are homeschooled in the United States—3.4% of the school-age population.