Things to consider

  • As a parent, you must ensure your child receives a full-time education from the age of five. You need to consider how you will meet your child’s educational needs.
  • You need to be prepared to offer your child a suitable education from as soon as they are home educated.
  • Your child will require a full educational package, therefore consider how you will be able to commit to this.
  • Following the national curriculum would be helpful if your child wishes to attend school, college, university or training at a later stage.
  • Your child’s education needs to be suitable for their age, aptitude and ability, accounting for any special educational needs.
  • Social development needs to be included within your child’s educational offer.
  • Home Education means that you are accepting full responsibility for education, including financial responsibility. The Local Authority are unable to provide tutors, educational materials or support for examinations.
  • Consideration should be given to other options that would be more suitable for your child.
  • You are able to research Home Education in a number of different ways:

My child is currently enrolled in a Southampton school

A mother helping her son studyIf your child is a registered pupil at a school you must write a letter to the Head Teacher - a telephone call is not sufficient. Explain that you intend to home educate your child, giving the date that your child will stop attending the school.

If you have decided to home educate your child because you are dissatisfied with your child's current education provision, we recommend that you contact the Head Teacher in the first instance to discuss your concerns. You may also contact one of our Elective Home Education Visitors, to discuss ways to resolve your concerns, before you reach a final decision and withdraw your child from school. You can make contact at home.education@southampton.gov.uk

We have recently moved into Southampton city

We would welcome a notification from you. You can do this by contacting us on 02380 834779 or by emailing home.education@southampton.gov.uk

Will the local authority want to meet with me?

Following the 2019 DfE guidance document, which supports contact with home educated families, Southampton City Council aims to build good working relationships and transparent communication with home educators. Our EHE Visitors meet with many home educating families on a regular basis and are therefore well placed to share ideas, resources, opportunities and promote good practice. The role of EHE Visitors is to support families where necessary, offer advice to enable home educators to provide the best possible education for their child and to satisfy the local authority’s obligation to establish whether a child is in receipt of suitable education. Our Elective Home Education Visitors can be contacted at home.education@southampton.gov.uk

I feel pressurised to home educate my child

The Department for Education clearly states that schools should not seek to persuade parents to home educate as a means to avoid an exclusion or address poor attendance. OFSTED refers to this practice as ‘off rolling’.

If you feel pressurised to home educate your child, advice can be sought from the Assistant Team Manager for Inclusion on 02380 834779 or email home.education@southampton.gov.uk

What happens next?

Having made the decision to home educate your child, we will aim to contact you to discuss your decision. You will be given an Overview of Home Education by your school, which will be sent to us. We will always consider the information provided in the Overview of Home Education before deciding upon whether to make contact.

You are also welcome to contact us at any time on 023 8083 4779 or by emailing home.education@southampton.gov.uk