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Home education

Deciding to educate your child at home is an important decision which requires a great deal of thought and consideration.

This form of education, sometimes known as 'education otherwise', is referred to by the Council as Elective Home Education (EHE). 

Your rights and responsibilities

Parents or carers are legally responsible for ensuring that their child receives an education.

Children educated at home are not required to follow the National Curriculum but should receive an effective education appropriate to their individual needs and aspirations.

It would be expected that there would be:

  • access to appropriate resources
  • the opportunity to interact with other children and adults

Parents may wish to consider:

  • an effective education ensures that a child acquires attitudes, skills and knowledge to prepare him/her for the challenges and demands of a rapidly changing world
  • a broad education introduces a child to a range of material, which will stimulate the child and help develop an open rather than a closed mind
  • a balanced education ensures that no one single subject area takes up so much time that there is insufficient room for others, or for the creative use of leisure

How we can help

The Elective Home Education Team can help if you need further information or if you are considering educating your child at home.

Contact the Elective Home Education Office:

Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 01223 703 542

Elective Home Education - choosing to educate your child at home

Information booklet for parents / carers

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School Immunisation Service

Cambridgeshire School Immunisation Team offers school-aged children their eligible vaccinations, including nasal flu, HPV, the teenage booster and Meningitis ACWY. Age groups vary each year. Elective home educated children are entitled to these vaccinations, which are not available at GP surgeries routinely. For more information, please contact the team via email: [email protected].

Home education links

Education otherwise
GOV.UK information on educating your child at home

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