Elective home education

Elective home education is the term used to describe parents' decisions to provide education for their children at home instead of sending them to school. A school cannot request or advise you to de-register your child to electively home educate, any decision must be made by parents.

We recognise that parents may choose home education for a variety of reasons. Parents have a responsibility to make sure that their child is educated. Most children attend school for their education, but parents have the right to educate their child at home, called Elective Home Education (EHE).

Educating your child at home is a big commitment and there's a lot to think about. Hopefully our website offers advice, support and guidance to support you in reaching your decision.

How to tell us about elective home education

If you are new to home education or the city and would like to let us know please use this form to do so:


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Tell us about elective home education

Contact details

Should you wish to contact us, you can either email us at home.education@southampton.gov.uk or call us on 023 8083 4779.

We are also on social media which we will use as a tool to communicate with our EHE community, sharing events, information and resources that home educators may find useful. To ensure that you do not miss out please follow us on Facebook.

Please note that Facebook will not be used as a means of individual communication so you should continue to contact us at home.education@southampton.gov.uk


DfE advice

On 20 October 2020 the DfE published advice for parents considering Elective Home Education, to clarify the implications of withdrawing children from school and the challenges involved in providing elective home education. We would encourage all parents to read the blog.