Elective Home Education (EHE)

Coronavirus (Covid-19) update on  Elective Home Education

Since the Secretary of State for Education announced that the 2020 exam series in England would be cancelled to help fight the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), we have worked at speed to develop a process which fairly recognises students’ work and makes sure they get their grades in time to progress. We have today, Friday 3 April, set out details about how GCSEs, AS and A levels will be awarded this summer and published further guidance for teachers, students, parents and carers.

For this summer’s awards, schools and colleges are being asked to provide centre assessment grades for their students. These should be fair, objective and carefully considered judgements of the grades schools and colleges believe their students would have been most likely to achieve if they had sat their exams, and should take into account the full range of available evidence.

Sally Collier, Chief Regulator, Ofqual, said:

We know many private candidates (students who have been home-schooled, following distance-learning programmes or studying independently) are anxious to know how these arrangements might be applied to them.

Heads of centre have been asked to provide centre assessment grades for private candidates registered to take exams with their centre and include them in the rank order where they are confident that they and their staff have seen sufficient evidence of the student’s achievement to make an objective judgement.

We are urgently exploring whether there are alternative options for students who need results this summer to progress and for whom a centre assessment grade is not possible. It may, unfortunately, be necessary for some to take exams in the autumn or next summer to get their grades.

We appreciate that this is a matter of real concern to private candidates and will provide an update as soon as possible.

We have asked organisations that represent universities and FE colleges to consider private candidates when making admissions decisions this summer. They have told us that they believe that institutions will consider a range of other evidence and information for these students to allow them to progress wherever possible.

Updated 16 April, 2020

All children of compulsory school age have a right to an education, however this does not have to take place in school. In England the responsibility for a child’s education rests with their parents and they can choose to educate their children other than at school. Some parents choose to educate their children themselves and others may employ tutors.

The education you provide must be ‘suitable’ and ‘efficient’.

If your child is already registered in a school, you need to inform the school in writing that you are removing your child to educate at home. If your child attends a special school, the SEN team would need to be consulted before your child can be removed from the school roll.

The reasons why a parent may choose EHE (sometimes called 'home schooling') could include:

  • distance or access to a local school
  • religious or cultural beliefs
  • philosophical or ideological views
  • dissatisfaction with the system
  • as a short term intervention for a particular reason
  • parents feel that their child is not thriving within a school environment
  • to build closer family bonds

Parents can home educate their child from a very early age and the child may never have been enrolled at school - they may also elect to home educate at any other stage up to the end of compulsory school age.