top of page
Elective Home Education
  • Elective Home Education (EHE) is a legal right for parents in the UK, as well as various other countries.  Please check the law in your country for the relevant guidelines.

  • Section 7 of the Education Act 1996 states that:

"The parent of every child of compulsory school age shall cause him to receive efficient full-time education suitable -

(a) to his age, ability and aptitude, and (b) to any special educational needs he may have, either by regular attendance at school or otherwise.​"

  • Days do not have to replicate school. There is no requirement to simulate school hours, terms or schedules. 

  • Parents/carers are free to choose when, how and what their child learns. 

  • Children can follow any curriculum they wish - or no curriculum at all.

  • Children do not have to take GCSEs if they do not wish to. 

  • Parents/carers can use tutors, online lessons, groups or other suitable adults to teach their children, but there is no requirement to do this. 

  • Children can be deregistered from mainstream school at any time. Once a deregistration notification has been issued, it is the schools duty to inform the LA and remove the child from the school roll.

  • There is currently no funding available for home educating families - parents take the full financial responsibility for all aspects of learning, from resources and tutoring, to exams and groups. It is possible to home educate on a budget though. 

  • Your Local Authority (LA) should have resources and information on their website for home educators, some even offer links to newsletters and events where you can meet other home educating families in your area. If you cannot find the information you need, you can request it from them or alternatively use social media - there are lots of groups on there to offer support and guidance

For more information:

bottom of page