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Elective home education

Parents / carers have a duty to ensure that their children receive a suitable full time education. This can be either by regular attendance at school or otherwise: 

Section 7 of the Education Act 1996 states that parents have a duty to secure education of children of compulsory school age.

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"The parent of every child of compulsory school age shall cause them to receive efficient full-time education suitable:

(a) to their age, ability and aptitude, and

(b) to any special educational needs they may have, either by regular attendance at school or otherwise."

The law allows parents / carers to educate their children at home instead of sending them to school, if they fulfil certain conditions.  

Once a parent / guardian informs the school in writing of their decision to home educate their child, the school should follow the Elective Home Education (EHE) Inter-Agency Protocol. The child should be removed from school roll. A copy of the letter with the completed Elective Home Education Form should be sent to the Local Authority. 


All you need to know about home-schooling and elective home education (EHE)

Due to an increased demand for infomation about home schooling, the governement has created a guide for parents and carers who may be considerig this. 

EHE requires parents to take full responsibility for their child’s education, including all associated costs (such as exam fees).

Elective Home Education Record and Guidance

Download the record