Educating your child at home

Parents have a responsibility to make sure that their child is educated. Most children attend school for their education, but parents have the right to educate their child at home, called elective home education (EHE).

Educating your child at home is a big commitment and there's a lot to think about. If you are considering it our guidance can help you make your decision.

To discuss educating your child at home call the Elective Home Education Team on 03000 416969 or email

The Department for Education (DfE) ran a consultation between 2 April 2019 and 24 June to gather views on proposed legislation to create a register maintained by local authorities of children not attending mainstream schools.

Read our response to the consultation (PDF, 26.8 KB).

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