De-Registration from School

If you are a parent who wishes to de-register your child

If you choose to deregister your child in order to home-educate him or her, you must inform the Head Teacher of the school at which your child is a pupil.

(3) The parent of a child must give a notification under subsection (1) — (a) within 3 months after the child — (i) attains the compulsory school age; (ii) becomes resident in the Island; or (iii) ceases to be a registered pupil at a provided school, maintained school or special school; or (b) at any time, within 21 days after being required by the Department to do so by notice in writing.

Home Educated children must be registered with the DESC once they have been deregistered from school or had their fifth birthday.

We strongly recommend that you read this website thoroughly, and get in contact with other home-educating parents.

To de-register

This sample letter of de-registration may be of use, it has been drafted according to recent experience and to be as clear as possible.  Please do let us know your experiences and any feedback.  Your own words are always best of course but this is a useful guide, keep it short, polite and clear.

Make sure you are aware of your legal responsibilities and those of the DESC, you need not have a home visit or a meeting with the DESC.  You can provide information to the DESC in the format you prefer, for example in the form of an educational philosophy or ‘ed phil’. The DESC vary in their approach, but advice is always to know the law, keep records of all interactions with the DESC and always respond promptly to any concerns they may have.


Mr/Mrs <insert name>


<insert school name>

<Full Address and Post Code>


Dear <insert name>,

Re – <insert child’s name – date of birth>

I am writing to inform you that <I/we> have decided to withdraw our son/daughter from school from <insert date / with immediate effect> in order to home educate <him/her>. Please delete <his/her> name from the register in accordance with IOM LAW, as <he/she> is now receiving education otherwise than at school.

Yours etc…



A selection of useful template letters is to be found here, however make sure you adapt them to reflect the different legislation affecting the Isle of Man.


Some parents in the Isle of Man have been told (by schools or the  DESC) that it is not legally possible to deregister a child from school. This is incorrect.  Once you have sent the above letter (get a receipt or send registered post) your child must be removed from the register with immediate effect on the date specified.



14. A pupil‟s name may be removed from a school‟s register only in the

following circumstances:

  Reason for Removal Date of Removal
i. Confirmation that pupil is registered at another school in Isle of Man Day following last attendance
ii. Departure from Isle of Man Day following last attendance
iii. Expulsion Day following expulsion
iv. Death Day following death
v. Leaves school after having completed his/her compulsory education Day following last attendance
vi. Parent advises that child is being removed under IOM LAW for example elective home education  Day following last attendance