Elective home education

An open letter to parents and carers from Baroness Berridge and Minister Vicky Ford [PDF]

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What is Elective Home Education?

Elective Home Education (EHE) is the term used by the Department for Education (DfE) to describe parental decisions to provide education for their children at home instead of sending them to school.

Children can be educated outside of school in two main circumstances:

  • parents can choose to educate their children at home, this is known as "elective home education"
  • in the event that a child is unwell for an extended period, we have a duty to provide education other than at school, where it is necessary to do so to meet pupils' needs.

Elective Home Education factsheet [PDF]

Considering home education

If you are considering home education for your child, please read our Policy and guidance notes carefully and the latest Department for Education advice for parents.

If after reading the policy and guidance notes, you do not think EHE is right for your child, you may wish to explore the following options: 


Should you require any further assistance, please contact the council

EHE Administrator

Elective Home Education Support to Schools Service
County Hall
West Bridgford

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