It is actually more complicated to Flexi-School than full-time Home Educate because unlike full time where you simply submit a de-registration letter, you have to obtain permission from the Head and the Board of Governors, it is solely at their discretion.
It is certainly advisable to prepare for a meeting with the Head with reasons why you wish to do it, how you will educate from home, subjects you are going to teach, how you will make up for the lost time in class etc. The more the can prepare and show the benefits, the better your chances. In addition, it certainly depends on the open-mindedness of the Head for sure. We were very lucky that the Head Mistress was amazing in her attitude to our Flexi-Schooling.
It is also worth contacting your Local Authority for guidance on Flexi-Schooling, they usually have a downloadable PDF document showing information and requirements.
- It is a great way to research if your child may well be suited to full-time Home Educating
- Focus on subjects your child may be struggling with
- Focused tuition
- Possible interaction of children of all ages
- Your child might be gifted at for example sport and requires the extra time during the day facilitate that.
From experience, Flexi-Schooling appears to be more accepted in primary rather than secondary school, though a few more secondary schools seem to be embracing the idea.