Elective Home Education

The 1996 Education Act states that it is the duty of parents to secure an appropriate full-time education for their children. Most parents carry out this duty by ensuring that their child attends a school. A small minority of parents decide to educate their children at home.

Planning an effective curriculum

Home education does not have to be delivered by subjects but would be expected to develop knowledge and skills in the three core areas of:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science

A good educational programme should include elements such as:

  • ICT
  • Problem solving
  • Personal, social and health education
  • Outdoor and environmental education
  • Citizenship, including careers education
  • Home economics and living skills

It is also important to consider your child’s socialisation with other children and young people. Your home education programme should be suitable, efficient and full-time.

Elective Home Education and SEN

If you decide to home educate and your child has an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP), you must ensure that the education you are providing for your child is suitable to any special educational needs identified in the plan.

A home education programme for a child with an EHCP should be designed to enable the child to progress towards the outcomes set out in the EHCP. These outcomes will be set in an Annual Review meeting involving parents, professionals and the home educated child/young person.

First steps

If your child is already enrolled at a school, you must give written notification to the Headteacher of the school, stating that you intend to provide home education for your child. Please do not hesitate to discuss your decision beforehand if it would be helpful, either with school staff, the school EWO, or with the local authority Elective Home Education lead.

Your child’s school will notify the Education Welfare Service that you are planning to home educate your child. A member of school staff will then contact you to arrange an Elective Home Education (EHE) meeting in school. The meeting is for the purpose of sharing information and ensuring the best possible outcomes for your child.

Once the meeting has taken place and the decision to home educate is confirmed, your child’s name will be removed from the school roll.


Telephone: 020 8871 8306
Email: homeeducation@wandsworth.gov.uk