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Belgium

Dutch Community

Parents may provide home education, but must notify federal authorities and state that they will follow the education requirements of the UNCRC. Homeschooling is supervised by the school education inspectorate and home visits are carried out by an inspector. Relevant documents are submitted to the inspector as well. It is preferred for the child to be present but it is not required. Students must be registered in a school if parents do not cooperate or if there are multiple negative assessments.

Reference: Blok, H. & Karsten, S. (2011). Inspection of home education in European countries. European Journal of Education, 46(1), 141.

French Community

Parents may provide home education, but must notify federal authorities. The curriculum used must be equivalent to what is used in schools and material is reviewed by an inspector during home visits, which occur at ages eight and ten, as well as at other times. Children are questioned during these visits and after two consecutive negative outcomes they must be enrolled in a school. National school examinations must be taken at ages twelve and fourteen.

Reference: Blok, H. & Karsten, S. (2011). Inspection of home education in European countries. European Journal of Education, 46(1), 141-144.

Please Note: Since homeschooling regulations change periodically and legal interpretations may vary, these data should be verified with legal counsel as well.