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Elective home education

Most parents choose to send their child to school, but you have the right to educate your child at home.

The law says that children must receive a full-time education from the age of five that is suitable to:

  • a child's age, ability and aptitude
  • any special educational need they may have.

This doesn't have to take place at school. If you're thinking about or choose home education, the we can offer advice and support.

Advice and support

Our staff offer advice and support for home educating families or those considering home education. This can include advice before de-registration from school. If your child is home educated they cannot stay on a school register or they will be marked as absent.

This may include:

  • Support from educational professionals with experience and understanding of home education.
  • Support with special educational needs (SEN) − access to local authority professionals to support assessment and follow up/review of statement of SEN/education and health care plan and liaison with others.
  • Access to local authority careers service to discuss options for young people to move forward into work or further education. Also guidance for work experience and information on the national careers service.
  • Links with others for pre-16 courses for home-educated young people.
  • Access to resources and guidance from libraries, local authority website, school library service and health promotion programmes.
  • Information about elective home education networks and some individual referrals.
  • b_line (opens in a new window) - the discount, travel and library card for young people in Derbyshire, including home educated.

If you have any questions about elective home education please email: cayaehe@derbyshire.gov.uk