Home education


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.

Household Support Fund for the Christmas holidays

This information is for Electively Home Educated families.

We are continuing to operate our Household Support Fund to support vulnerable households over the Christmas holidays from December 2021 to 4 January 2022, 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.

Direct Food Voucher Scheme

As before, a supermarket voucher will be allocated to parents/carers whose child/ren meet the following criteria:

  • Free School Meals (children and young people aged 4 to 16 years)
  • Students in Sixth Forms eligible for Free School meals or for the 16+ bursary (young people aged 16 to 19 years)

Further information regarding free school meals is available on the Cambridgeshire County Council website.

If you wish to apply please complete a Free School Meal application form and indicate that your school base is ‘Elective Home Education’. This needs to be completed by 17 December 2021.

There is no need to apply if you received vouchers previously as you will automatically receive the vouchers.

How the vouchers work

We will issue each eligible child/young person with a £30 supermarket voucher by the end of the day on 17 December 2021 to cover the holiday period. The voucher will be sent by email and/or text to the nominated parent or carer. The voucher does not need to be used in a single shopping trip and once claimed will last for at least a year.

Find out if you are eligible, read a detailed list of criteria and complete an online application form on the Cambridgeshire County Council website.

Please note: that all unclaimed Christmas holiday vouchers will be withdrawn on 28 January 2022. Once you select a supermarket, the voucher will not be withdrawn and will be valid in line with the date on the voucher claimed.

If you would like information and ideas on how to eat more healthily as a family, NHS Change4life has lots of useful information.

If you have not received your voucher by the end of 17 December 2021 or have any queries about this scheme, please email winter.support@cambridgeshire.gov.uk. Please include in any correspondence the name of your child and their date of birth. This will avoid a delay in responding to your query.

Wider support

We understand that as a result of the pandemic, there are many families eligible for the Direct Food Voucher Scheme that may need further support. We also know there will be families who don’t meet the above criteria but are in need of support. Therefore, there is a network of hubs run by the city and district councils that will be able to help you to access further support.

Details of support in your local area can be found below:

If you are unable to access the information online, you can call your local hub on 0345 045 5219. The team is available Monday - Friday, 9am-5pm.

Further advice and information

For children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, further information is also available through the Peterborough Local Offer's page on education.

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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