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EHCP: Elective Home Education

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Overview

Home Education is officially known as Elective Home Education (EHE). EHE refers to the choice by parents to provide full-time education for their children. This is instead of sending them to school. This might be through making a positive choice to home educate, or in response to circumstances. Both journeys are referred to as Elective Home Education.

Your child might have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) and you would like to educate them at home. If this is the case, the process is different depending on the type of school your child attends.

Where EHE is agreed, the Local Authority is relieved of its duty to secure the provision outlined in the EHC plan. This means that the parent becomes solely responsible for the delivery of the provision.

If your child doesn’t have an EHCP, the process is different. You can visit the main East Sussex County Council website for more information:


Some children and young people do not attend school due to emotional factors. We describe this as Emotionally Based School Avoidance (EBSA).

Find out more by visiting this websites' section on Emotionally Based School Avoidance (EBSA).


Our directory, on 1Space, provides more information about services mentioned on this page. You can find out more by visiting 1Space:

Mainstream School and Specialist Facilities

The process for Elective Home Education (EHE) if your child is attending a mainstream school or a school with a specialist facility is as follows:

If it is not appropriate, your child’s school will contact you to arrange getting them back into school.

If it is appropriate, your APO will amend section I of your child’s EHC plan. This will record that they are being electively home educated.

The Local Authority will decide whether home education continues to be appropriate at every annual review.

Special School

The process for Elective Home Education (EHE) if your child is attending a special school is as follows:

The school will arrange a meeting with:

At this meeting, you will need to show evidence that you can meet your child’s needs. This is in line with the provision written in their EHC plan. You will not be told the decision at the meeting.

The Local Authority will consider your request following the meeting.

If home education is not agreed, your child will remain on roll of the special school.

If home education is agreed, your APO will amend section I of your child’s EHC plan. This will record that they are being electively home educated. The school will remove your child from roll.

A EHE representative will make an initial home visit within three months. This will be to ensure the home education is suitable.

The Local Authority will decide whether home education continues to be appropriate at every annual review.

Additional Help and Support

Assessment & Planning Officer (APO)

Your APO will be able to support you with any concerns. The APO will contact you if there are any delays, or any information that you should know, as things arise.

Some of our APOs work part-time and may not be available immediately if you telephone or email them. However, if you leave a message, they will always respond to your contact as soon as they are able. You will find their direct telephone number on any of the letters you have received.

You can also contact the Assessment & Planning office by:


Amaze SENDIASS

Amaze SENDIASS (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information Advice and Support Service) are a local charity. They offer free, independent, and impartial advice for all matters relating to SEND. Contact Amaze SENDIASS by:

Visit the Amaze SENDIASS web page.

Amaze also have a page on their website with home education information:



East Sussex Local Offer directory of services

You can visit our SEND-specific online directory, hosted on East Sussex 1Space. The directory lists many different services both throughout the county and online. Services cover many topics, including:

Visit the East Sussex Local Offer directory.


NHS - Health A to Z

The East Sussex Local Offer aims to provide as much information as possible. There may be some conditions that aren't covered in thorough detail. The NHS website has pages that list all conditions. These pages provide information and advice on how to get extra support:

Visit the NHS Health A to Z web page.

Glossary of East Sussex SEND Terms

We explain some of the terms used on this website on our page, Glossary of East Sussex SEND Terms.


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