Elective home education - Information for parents

Elective home education (EHE) is the term used to describe parents' decisions to provide education for their children at home instead of sending them to school.  Parents can teach their children themselves or employ a tutor, but you are fully responsible for making sure that your children receive a suitable, full-time education.

Any decision must be made freely and a school cannot request or advise you to de-register your children to electively home educate.  Please read the “our process” section below for further information.

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 help you to reach a 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.

If you are withdrawing your from a school you must still send a letter to inform the Headteacher of your decision.


Before you fill in this form

You won't be able to save this form to complete later, so please allow yourself a couple of minutes to fill in the form.

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.