Parents or carers may decide to provide home-based education for their children instead of sending them to school. This is called elective home education (EHE).
Hampshire County Council recognises that home education is a key aspect of parental choice. EHE is equal, in law, to education provided in school.
The County Council, as the local authority, has a duty to be satisfied that all children are receiving suitable education.
The Inclusion Support Service takes the lead role for the County Council in working with home educators and the young people who are being electively home educated in Hampshire. We work with elective home education community groups and maintains links with some of the EHE support providers.
The law states that parents who choose to educate their children at home take on full responsibility, including financial responsibility.
EHE upcoming drop-in sessions
- 2 October, 1pm - 3pm, Chandler's Ford Library
- 3 October, 10am - 12pm, Alton Library
- 4 October, 1pm - 3pm, Andover Library
- 5 October, 1pm - 3pm, Sharps Copse Family Centre (Havant)
- 6 October, 10am - 12pm, Fareham Library
Things to consider before starting EHE
It might be useful to consider the following questions as you decide whether elective home education is the right course for you and your child/children:
In addition to the questions, it may be useful to be aware of the following:
- If you change your mind and wish for your child/children to return to school, you can apply for any school of preference. However, please be aware that there may not be a place at the school(s) of your choice
- If you want your child to have work experience, be aware that the employer must register the child’s work, and child employment regulations apply to children who are electively home educated
- Apprenticeships are not available for compulsory school age children