Schools, education and childcare Educating your child at home

Elective Home Education (EHE)

Some parents decide not to send their children to a maintained or non-maintained school, and educate them at home or otherwise.

It is both legal and acceptable to choose to home educate your children. Where parents have chosen this option, we want to ensure that they have access to good information so that they can offer the most positive experience possible. We believe this is best achieved where parents and the council recognise each other’s rights and responsibilities, and work together. "The state shall respect the right of parents to ensure such education and teaching in conformity with their own religious and philosophical convictions."

Home educating parents are responsible for ensuring that their children receive a suitable education: one that prepares them for life in modern civilised society, and enables them to achieve their full potential: an education that is suitable to the age, ability and aptitude of the child and any special needs they may have.

All children have a right to education while they are of compulsory school age: from the start of the next school term following their fifth birthday to the last Friday in June of the school year in which they become 16. Young people are then required to participate in education, training or work with training until they turn 18.

If you already do, or you plan to home educate, you will need to continue to provide a suitable education through to the end of compulsory school age.

See our Elective Home Education Policy for further details.



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