Southampton City Council believes that, for the majority of children, the best place to educate a child is in school, but recognises that home education is a key aspect of parental choice in education law.

Elective home education is a term used to describe a choice by parents to provide education for their children at home - or at home and in some other way which they choose - instead of sending them to school full-time. This is different to education provided by a local authority otherwise than at a school.