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.

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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