Support for home educating families

As a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic the Department for Education has produced lists of online educational resources currently being offered for free to support children’s education at home whilst they may not be attending their normal education setting. The lists include subject-specific resources for English, maths, science, PE, wellbeing and special educational needs and disability (SEND).

Please note that we cannot predict for how long these links will remain active, or for how long the resources will be offered for free.

Elective Home Education Visitors

EHE Visitors regularly meet with home educating families and are therefore well placed to share new ideas, resources and promote good practice. Their remit is to offer support to families where necessary, advice to enable home educators to provide the best possible education for their child and to satisfy the local authority’s legal obligation to establish if a child is in receipt of suitable education.

You can contact our EHE Visitors at any time using home.education@southampton.gov.uk

Support organisations

  • Sources of advice and support are contained in our home education guidance document
  • SEEDS - Southampton home education support network provides support and advice for parents educating their children at home
  • Education Otherwise - A self help organisation supporting its home education members
  • Home Education Advisory Service - A national home education charity providing advice and practical support for families who wish to educate their children at home
  • Ed Yourself – provides updates on elective home education practice and policy
  • Educational Freedom – A non-profit organisation offering free support, advice and information to home educators
  • Home Education Fareham and Gosport - This group is for parents/carers who are home educating or seriously considering it
  • Home Educators Educating Together - A community of home educating families who have come together to organise activities and classes for the mutual benefit of the home-educating community in Hampshire and beyond
  • South Hampshire home educators - A support group for home educators in south Hampshire - requires a Yahoo account
  • Portsmouth home education - Offers a variety of weekly meetings and sessions for a variety of activities - requires a Yahoo account

Southampton Information Directory (SID)

SID contains information and support for families with children and young people aged 0-19 including family support and parenting, health and wellbeing and a range of services and activities on offer at our Sure Start Children’s Centres.

Southampton City Council Music Services

Southampton Music Services is delighted to inform you that they can offer instrumental lessons at your home, subject to teacher availability, should your children wish to learn an instrument. They can also offer lessons where the parent can learn alongside the child.

The current cost of lessons per child is £160 per term, for this the child will receive 11 x 30 minute lessons a term. If the loan of an appropriate instrument is needed there is an additional £30 charge. This offer will remain in place until July 2022. Prices for parent/child lessons are available on request.

If your child is interested in having instrumental lessons, or if you would like to explore proposals for group sessions, then please email graham.hesp@southampton.gov.uk or call 023 8083 4532 for further information.

Educational Visits

English Heritage allow free entry for home educating families. You need to make contact with them before the visit, which needs to take place during school hours and term time.

Winchester Science Centre at Winchester offer a reduced rate for home educators, and run dedicated home educator days.

Further information on educational visits is contained in our guidance document for parents.

Southampton City Council Library Service

The Southampton City Council Library Service can be a valuable resources for home educating families, offering access to hard copy books, e-books, computers and Wi-Fi, newspaper and magazines, online materials etc. 

Online safety – The Lurking Trolls campaign

In response to the challenges faced in helping children stay safe online, the Local Safeguarding Children Partnerships (LSCPs) in Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton have launched the Lurking Trolls campaign.

The website is full of fun resources and information for both children and adults which supports the campaign to help families get talking about online safety, how to stay safe on the internet, and what to do if something goes wrong when you’re gaming, using social media or searching online. 

List of useful websites offering advice for parents about online safety.

Useful contacts

Elective Home Education Visitorshome.education@southampton.gov.uk

Assistant Team Manager for Inclusion: 023 8083 3889 - home.education@southampton.gov.uk

National Careers Service: 0800 100 900

Southampton SEND Service: 023 8083 3004.

Southampton School Admissions:  school.admissions@southampton.gov.uk