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Elective Home Education - September 2022

Published
08.09.2022

We have recently updated our Deregistration form to make it as clear as possible if schools have safeguarding concerns, which includes holding a safeguarding file and what to do with it.

Safeguarding Update
We have recently updated our Deregistration form to make it as clear as possible if schools have safeguarding concerns, which includes holding a safeguarding file and what to do with it.

Please make sure you use the form on our EHE Schoolsnet page – this is our most up-to-date form and information.

How should schools approach Elective Home Education?

In Gloucestershire we encourage families to make an informed decision regarding home education. Schools should not encourage or coerce a parent to de-register their child from schools for the purposes of elective home education and equally, schools should not create any barriers or seek to dissuade a parent once they have decided to home educate their child. If parents enquire about or indicate they are considering elective home education then schools should offer support and information.

Transition to EHE discussions (used to be called Exit Discussions) can be offered whereby the parents, school and LA meet to discuss what home education involves and creates an opportunity for parents to ask any questions prior to making a decision. In addition, parent advisers at Gloucestershire County Council (01452 426015) can advise parents about the elective home education process including providing information about what home educating entails and the legal responsibility they are taking on. Schools can direct parents to our home education public page for further information.

Elective home education is a term used to describe a choice by parents to provide education for their child(ren) at home instead of sending them to school.  This is a legal right parents have under Section 7 of the Education Act 1996. The legal duty on parents is to arrange a suitable education for their children, not necessarily to register them with a school.

Education is compulsory; registering with a school is not.

Elective home education is different to home education arranged by a school or LA, such as home tuition for children too unwell to attend school for example. The LA do not provide tutors for EHE children.

For details on what schools need to know about the law and what procedures to follow please refer to our EHE 5 Min Guide for Schools 2022.

 

Contact

Sian Edwards

Elective Home Education Lead Officer

Gloucestershire County Council

Shire Hall, Westgate Street

Gloucester

GL1 2TP

01452 427212

sian.edwards@gloucestershire.gov.uk

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