This section provides an overview of commonly raised EHE related queries, however if you need any further assistance, contact details for your local EHE Co-ordinator can be found on your council’s website.
What is Elective Home Education?
Elective Home Education is where parents or carers of a child decide to educate their child at home instead of sending them to a school. The parent or carer would have full responsibility for providing a full time education suitable to the child’s age and ability and to any special educational needs they may have.
Why do parents choose to home educate?
Parents choose to home educate for many reasons, for example; cultural religious, philosophical, specific SEN needs.
If you are considering home educating to avoid prosecution for non attendance at school or because of a disagreement with school we would advise you to contact the school directly or contact the EHE or education welfare service to discuss your options.
Do I have to ask permission to educate my child at home?
No, you do not have to ask permission to begin educating at home unless your child attends a special school. If your child does attend a special school then you must consult the LA before home educating.
How do I de-register my child?
You are required to inform the school in writing that you intend to home educate your child.
Would I get any financial help?
No, we would not be able to offer you any financial help towards educating your child at home. You will need to consider the cost of writing equipment, text books, paper, examination fees, college placements etc.
Would I have to teach the National Curriculum?
No, the National Curriculum only applies to state schools. You should, however, consider the effects it may have on your child if the National Curriculum is not followed. It may cause your child to fall behind in terms of their social/academic achievement compared to other children his or her own age who are attending a school.
Would my child still be able to take exams?
Yes, but you would need to enrol with an examination board and find out where your local examination centres are. You also need to consider the cost of the examinations, if coursework is required and whether the education that you are going to provide would enable your child to achieve the qualification.
Would I need to teach my child during school hours?
No, you are able to teach your child on any day of the week and choose the hours that you feel are suitable. You should consider that children in schools receive around 25 hours education a week over 38 weeks a year, this is considered full time education.
Is elective home education the same as home tuition?
No, Local Authorities provide home tuition if a child is sick and cannot attend school. If your child is home educated the local authority does not provide tutors or keep a bank of tutors for you to contact.
What if the education that I provide is not satisfactory?
In the majority of cases, families who home educate provide their child with a great education. Occasionally a parent can not meet the needs of their child. If it appears that the education that you are providing is unsatisfactory, the LA could issue a School Attendance Order which will require your child to be placed on a school roll.
Can I change my mind once I have decided to educate my child at home?
Yes, quite often, children or their parents find that home education is not for them. We can advise you on how to get your child back into a school.
Can I speak to somebody if I have any further questions about Elective Home Education?
Contact details for your local EHE Co-ordinator can be found on your council’s website.