Elective home education

Hampshire County Council is committed to supporting families who choose to home educate their child

Taking responsibility for your child’s education is a major decision and parents need to be sure they can undertake education effectively. The impact on family life can also be considerable and should not be underestimated.

Find out about home education

It helps to:

  • talk to a wide range of people, including your child and family members
  • research home education on the internet and social media
  • consult with your school, or SEN if appropriate

You can also read the Hampshire County Council guidance document on home education.

If there are problems with your current school setting then the best course of action would be to approach them first to discuss the problems.

If you choose to home educate

You must, by law, inform the headteacher in writing that you intend to de-register your child from school and educate them at home.

The school must inform the local authority (Hampshire County Council) of your decision. We will register your child as receiving home education. 

If your child has never been registered at school, it is helpful if you do let us know, although there is no legal requirement to do so. We can record this decision which removes any potential concern that a child may be ‘missing education’. 

What happens next
Once registered, we will contact you with the opportunity to request a visit from an education consultant. The consultant offers advice and guidance on education, teaching and learning. 
Other resources and support groups
Police safety advice

Safe4me is an online resource from Hampshire police which has age relevant materials (primary and secondary/HE) in the form of topic toolkits which provide activities, information and resources to support schools and partners in their work to educate and safeguard children and young people.

Other resources and groups

HomeEducated.Org.UK: virtual learning environment for home educators.

Home Educators Educating Together
: a diverse group of home educators united to support and encourage families in their home education journey. Based in Tadley, Hampshire.

New Forest Home Educated Explorers
: a home education group based in the New Forest

Faregos Home Education Exam Centre: Run by a group of current and past home educating parents with the aim of organizing exams for students from all over Hampshire and beyond. Faregos is fully registered with all examination boards. See their Facebook page or e-mail exams@faregos.org.

Internet searches will find other groups and organisations run by and for home educators.

Contact us

Parents are welcome to contact the County Council area managers for alternative education provision:

Hampshire West

New Forest, Test Valley, Basingstoke and Deane, Winchester and Eastleigh
David Harvey: dave.harvey@hants.gov.uk

Hampshire East

Rushmoor, Hart and East Hants, Havant, Fareham and Gosport
David Retter david.retter@hants.gov.uk

PA Annette Bailey annette.bailey@hants.gov.uk
Phone 01962 876263

By post:

Education and Inclusion
Children’s Services Department
Hampshire County Council
Elizabeth II Court North
The Castle
Winchester
SO23 8UG