Elective home education due to Covid-19

If you are a parent considering elective home education due to Covid-19, we recommend you seek advice before making any decision to remove your child from school.

We understand these are very challenging times and are aware that some parents remain concerned about potential risks from Covid-19 and may be considering home education for a period of time.

Parents have the right to choose to home educate, but as a result of Covid-19 we know that people's experience of home learning is different from general elective home education. Schools have provided work for families which may have given you structure and variety - but this will not continue if your child is removed from school.

What is elective home education?

Elective home education (EHE) is when a parent chooses not to send their child to school but assumes responsibility for making sure their child receives a full-time education.

We know that EHE is at its most effective and successful when parents have all the information that they need and have fully considered the implications for their children and the whole family. To support you in making an informed decision, we would like to do all we can to help you find information and answers to your questions.

We support your right as a parent to choose to home educate your child. This needs to be done with a full understanding of the responsibilities that this includes.

In the first instance, your child’s school should work with you to try and address any issues or concerns you may have. Parents should not be placed under pressure by schools to electively home educate their child. This is a form of ‘off-rolling’ and is never acceptable.

What you need to know about elective home education

You may be concerned about the current Covid-19 situation, but please note that regardless of the reason, once your child is removed from school:

  • The school place your child currently has will no longer be available and you will need to make a new admissions application if you want your child to return to school. There is no guarantee that you will be given a place back at your original school and your child could be placed on a waiting list or be offered the next available place at a school which may or may not be of your choosing.
  • You will not receive financial support for home education. This includes funding towards exam fees, resources and tutors.
  • We can signpost you to websites to access resources but we do not provide any education for children who are home educated.
  • You will not be entitled to claim for free school meals.
  • There are no funds directly available from central government for parents who decide to educate their children at home.
  • You do not need permission to educate your child at home, but you do need to notify the school in writing if you are taking your child out of school.
  • If your child has an Education Health Care Plan (EHCP) and attends a specialist school, you will need to gain approval from the local authority to educate your child at home. It remains our responsibility in this case to make sure your child's needs are met and to review their needs annually
  • You must prove that the education you are providing is suitable to your child’s age and ability and meets any additional needs they may have.
  • If you are not able to evidence that a suitable education is being provided, the local authority will work with you to return your child to school.
  • You do not need to be a qualified teacher to educate your child at home
  • You must make sure your child receives a full-time education from the age of five but you do not have to follow the National Curriculum.
  • You do not need to observe school hours, days or terms.
  • You do not need to have a fixed timetable or give formal lessons.

Further advice and support

In Liverpool we have a small dedicated team that is committed to working with our electively home educated families. If you need further advice and support on any of the above, contact us.