Home education

GCSE Exam Assessment – Summer 2021 - Information about Exam Centres and Support Grants for Private Candidates

Find out information about Exam Centres and funding that you may be entitled to apply for, regarding supporting Home Educated Children with the cost of exams this year due to the current Covid 19 pandemic.

Covid Support Grant - Elective Home Education

Deadline for applications - Monday 24 May 2021 at 5pm.

  • There is no need to apply if you received vouchers previously as you will automatically receive the vouchers for the summer half term holidays.

The Governments Covid Support Grant Scheme, is to support low income families during the summer half term holidays, whether or not your child attends a Cambridgeshire or Peterborough school. You will need to reside in either one of these Local Authorities and will be eligible for this grant, whether or not your child is registered with us as Electively Home Educated.

We will issue each eligible child/young person with a £15 supermarket voucher by 28 May for the summer half term holidays. The voucher does not need to be used in a single shopping trip and once claimed will last for at least a year.

If you wish to apply please complete a Free School Meal application form and indicate that your school base is ‘Elective Home Education’.

The criteria for Free School Meals: Are you receiving any of the following benefits

  • Income Support
  • Income Based Job Seekers Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit - but no element of Working Tax Credit - and have an annual income (as assessed by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC)) that does not exceed £16,190
  • If you are supported under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Working Tax Credit during the four week period immediately after your employment finishes or after you start to work less hours per week
  • Universal Credit with an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400


Although most children are educated in a school, some people choose alternative education for their children. This is usually by opting to educate their children themselves, in the family home. This type of education must still be efficient and suitable for your child. 

Please read 'Thinking of Home Education' before you make a final decision.

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The following points should be taken into consideration when deciding to choose home education:

  • costs, both financial and to your time and energy
  • is your child happy about the idea of home education?
  • do you have the space to provide a suitable quiet working area?
  • the quality of the education you intend to deliver – do you have the knowledge and resources to meet your child’s needs?
  • the social interaction for your child with other children
  • regular physical exercise
  • additional support for both you and your child

There is no recommended method or style to the education you provide but it is helpful to plan a programme of learning, which will also assist you in demonstrating that your child is receiving an efficient and suitable education.

You do not have to provide any particular type of education and can also employ tutors to assist with the education of your child. However, if you intend to employ tutors, it is a legal requirement that they are DBS checked before working with your child.

Any costs incurred are the responsibility of the parents.

Elective Home Education - Exams Summer 2021

Information about Exam Centres and funding that you may be entitled to apply for, regarding supporting Home Educated Children with the cost of exams this year due to the current Covid 19 pandemic, is available on GOV.UK.

Further advice and information

For children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, further information is also available through the Peterborough Local Offer

For more information regarding the legal position with regards to Elective Home Education, please read our Attendance Policy document.

For general enquiries and advice please contact customer services or email homeeducation@peterborough.gov.uk.

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