Elective Home Education (EHE)

Coronavirus (Covid-19) update on exams and Elective Home Education

On the 20 March, Gavin Williamson the Education Secretary announced that all UK May and June exams are cancelled and examination centres closed due to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak. This has had wide implications for all young people who intended to take GCSE’s and A-Levels this Summer.

Those who can no longer do their exams this summer will be awarded grades based on teacher assessment and the results of mock examinations, this however may not be possible for the children who are Electively Home Educated.

The DFE have since released further information stating that “We will work closely with the independent regulator of qualifications, Ofqual, to explore options for awarding grades to private candidates, including home educated students.”

Whilst this offers no firm answers to parents and children, Trafford Council Elective Home Education are monitoring the situation closely and will update parents as information becomes available.

Further information can be found using the following links:

Updated 24 March, 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.