Education for students under 16

The educational project of the United Kingdom

SCHOOLS AND HOME EDUCATION

In the UK, children and youth under 16 must receive education in their homes or attend college.

STATE SCHOOLS

All children and young people from 5-16 years of age are entitled to a place in a state school. Most British children attend a school of this type. The state schools are maintained and financed by the government or by a local education authority.

PRIVATE SCHOOLS

There are 2,600 independent schools in the UK, which educates approximately 625,000 children and youth (6.5% of all students in the UK). Most independent schools are privately funded through fees paid by parents of students. Many offer scholarships and grants. Many independent schools are charities, all revenues from the fees are reinvested in improvements to school.

HOME EDUCATION

A small number of students of 4-16 years receive education in their homes, through their parents or guardians. You can get more information about home education on the respective websites of the governments of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Another very useful website is Education Otherwise, a charity in the UK that provides support to parents concerned that their children are educated at home.

EDUCATIONAL PROJECT