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The government has introduced: 

Elective Home Education 

Some parents choose to educate their children at home rather than sending them to school. It is perfectly legal to do this, but the local education authority must be satisfied that the child is being taught to a satisfactory standard.

Parents can teach their child(ren) at home once they reach the compulsory school age (term after 5th birthday).

Withdrawing your child from school

Children who are already attending school, parents are required to notify the headteacher in writing of their intention to home educate their child(ren). 

Before you decide to educate your child at home, consider:

  • The advantages of both home education and mainstream education
  • The costs involved with home education- parents are responsible for all costs
  • The social aspects of your child’s learning and development - your child needs to be involved in social activities and with peer

Home education should not be used as solution to problems with children not wanting to attend school or disagreements with the school. School staff and Attendance and Welfare Advisors can help in dealing with such issues. 

Facts about Elective Home Education

  • Children educated at home are not required to follow the national curriculum or take national tests, but parents are required by law to make sure their child gets a full time education suitable to their age and ability
  • Parents do not need to be a qualified teacher nor employ a qualified teacher to teach their child at home
  • Although children educated at home are not required to follow the national curriculum, it is considered good practice.
  • When parents or carers decide to educate their children at home, they take on the full responsibility including costs for exams. There are no funds from government for parents and carers who decide to educate their child(ren) at home

Role of the Local Authority

If you are educating your child at home, the LA will make informal enquiries to make sure your child is getting a suitable education

The Specialist Advisors for Elective Home Education will:

  • contact you within 10 days of receiving the referral
  • arrange to meet with you in your home or at one of the LA’s office buildings to look at the educational provision you've made for your child
  • speak to the child about their experience of being home educated
  • offer support, advice and guidance to make sure the provision is suitable to your child’s age and ability
  • If the educational provision is satisfactory, the Specialist Adviser will undertake annual reviews to offer continuous support and advice if needed

Parents and carers who are thinking of starting their journey of home education and those currently considering home education as an approach to meeting the learning needs of their child or young person, advice and guidance about home education is available from Tower Hamlets Education Safeguarding Service.

Please contact Education Safeguarding Service on:
Tel: 020 7364 3431
Email: [email protected]

Specialist Advisors for Elective Home Education
Sonia Rawlings
Tel: 020 7364 3435  
Mobile: 07535 684 016
Email: [email protected]

Jeasmin Begum
Tel:  020 7364 3417  
Mobile:  07908 768 123
Email: J[email protected]