Educating your child at home

Elective Home Education (EHE)

Education is compulsory for children of school age. It is your responsibility as parent or carer to make sure that your child has a suitable full-time education. You can send your child to school, but you are entitled to educate them at home. This is known as Elective Home Education (EHE) and is sometimes referred to as ‘home schooling’.

If you decide to educate your child at home, you have freedom to decide how best to do this. You don't need to have any teaching experience or qualifications. You don't need to teach the National Curriculum, have a set timetable or copy the school environment or procedures.

To avoid parental conflict in relation to withdrawing a child to Elective Home Education, the LA recommends that, all adults with parental responsibility sign and date the withdrawal letter sent to school.

Where there is a disagreement between two adults with parental responsibility for a child, the school will be advised to keep the child on roll until a mutual agreement is reached or legal advice is sought by each party.

See the Elective Home Education Policy

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