What is Home Education?

Also known as Elective Home Education (EHE) (the specific term used to describe children whose family have chosen to educate them at home).

Education Otherwise (EO) (a term used by the government to describe children who are receiving an education otherwise than at school) and Home Schooling (This term is more popular in the US because in the UK we prefer not to use this term because educating at home does not mean replicating school but in the home environment.

Legal

It's perfectly legal in the UK to educate your child at home and you don't need to be a qualified teacher to do so.  On Gov.uk it says – ‘You can teach your child at home, either full or part-time. This is called home schooling’.

Section 7 Education Act 1996 places a duty on parents to ensure that their child of compulsory school age receives a suitable education, either by regular attendance at school or otherwise.

This can be fulfilled by home educating your child.

The education must be:

  • full-time;
  • efficient – it must achieve what it sets out to achieve;
  • suitable – to the child’s age, ability and aptitude and any special educational needs they may have.  The education must equip the child for life within the community and must not limit a child’s options in later life.

If you choose to home educate your child:

  • there is no obligation to follow the national curriculum or the same syllabus/topics as a school;
  • there is no obligation to have rooms or premises equipped to a set standard;
  • the school day does not need to match school terms, days or hours and you do not have to have a scheduled timetable;
  • there is no need to be registered with the Department for Education or be inspected by Ofsted.

Have a look at our Home Education FAQs for more answers

Children who are home educated receive all their education from their parents or carers, although some families choose to utilise the help of outside tutors and many use local groups and community activities to supplement their provisions.

If you need to know where to start on your Home Education Journey then take a look at our article How to Start Home Education

 
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