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Guidance: Elective home education

Guidance for local authorities and schools about children educated at home.


Elective home education: guidance for local authorities

PDF, 689KB, 45 pages

Elective home education: guidance for parents

PDF, 458KB, 24 pages

Elective home education: revised funding information for local authorities

PDF, 92.3KB, 2 pages

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This is for:

  • local authorities
  • schools

It relates to the following legislation:

It details local authorities’ roles, responsibilities and the legislation they need to follow. It also includes information on home schooling funding.

Read the school attendance guidance for more information about how school attendance codes should be used to record the attendance of pupils. Pupils who are being flexi-schooled should be marked as absent from school during the periods when they are receiving home education.

Give us your views on greater oversight of children whose parents choose to educate them at home – read the consultation on revised DfE guidance documents.

Published 1 November 2007
Last updated 2 April 2019 + show all updates

  1. ‘Elective home education: guidance for local authorities’ and ‘Elective home education: guidance for parents’ replaces ‘Home education guidelines for local authorities’. The funding information remains unchanged.
  2. First published.

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