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.
You must consider the following points 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. 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 Policy and Procedures
Further advice and information
- Information for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities is available through our Education (Local Offer) page
- Information about the legal position with regards to Elective Home Education, please read our Elective Home Education Policy document above.
- View information documents for parents and carers (opens Microsoft Sharepoint)
- Elective Home Education guidance on the GOV.UK website
- All you need to know about home-schooling and Elective Home Education - Department for Education blog on the GOV.UK website