Elective home education
Information for schools
The Education Inclusion Service offer support and guidance to schools, families and all relevant agencies on issues relating to Elective Home Education (EHE).
We believe that parents should have the opportunity to make well-informed choices about their child's education. For that reason, we provide written information and advice about elective home education for parents. We are committed to building trusting, positive relationships with parents and provide a range of information which is available on the GCC public website:
Gloucestershire County Council's EHE policy is also available on the public website.
For information relevant to schools, please see the attached leaflet (this leaflet has been written for schools).
In April 2019 the Department for Education revised its guidance on EHE and this can be viewed in full here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/elective-home-education
The following form should be completed by schools only upon being notified by parents of their intentions to withdraw and home educate their child:
Meetings with parents when the child leaves the school for home education
In the same way that schools should not encourage or coerce a parent to de-register their child from school for the purposes of elective home education, neither should they create barriers to the parent doing so nor seek to dissuade them. The local authority does, however, encourage schools to be professionally curious about the reason behind the decision and to meet with parents to identify if there are any school-based factors that can be addressed. It is reasonable and responsible for a school to want to ensure that parents have an accurate appreciation of the nature of what they are undertaking; educating children at home works best when it is a positive, informed and dedicated choice. GCC requests that schools arrange to meet with parents when the intention to de-register for home education is expressed and whilst parents are not obliged to attend such a meeting, many will find it useful to do so. A member of the Education Inclusion Service would be happy to take part in the meeting. We offer this template to assist schools in structuring that meeting and it sets out clear information that a school would wish a parent to understand. This should be sent to the Education Inclusion Service upon completion, but please do not delay in sending the de-registration form by waiting for the meeting to take place.
Support for parents considering home education
If parents of children at your school are considering EHE, please give them our contact details or ask if their details may be passed to us. We will then contact the family to discuss their plans and to offer support. They can discuss their plans with a Parent Advisor by calling 01452 426015.
Guides for parents:
If a parent is considering or has already decided to home educate a child who is a Child in Need or has a Child Protection Plan, the DSL at the school must immediately inform the child’s social worker.
In addition to notifying, in the usual way, the Local Authority’s Education Inclusion Service of a de-registration for Elective Home Education (email@example.com), Gloucestershire Safeguarding Children Executive should also be informed (firstname.lastname@example.org)
For immediate Child Protection concerns:
Children and Families (Social Care) Front Door - 01452 426565 during office hours
Out of hours social care duty team: 01452 614758
Police - 101
Education Inclusion Service
Elective Home Education
Gloucester GL1 2TP