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EHCP: Elective Home Education

Overview

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

If your child has an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan and you would like to educate them at home, the process is different depending on the type of school your child attends.

Where Elective Home Education 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, visit the East Sussex County Council's web page on Home Education.


Some children and young people do not attend school due to emotional factors, we describe this as Emotionally Based School Avoidance (EBSA). You can find out more by visiting this websites section on Emotionally Based School Avoidance (EBSA).


You can find out more information about the Inclusion, Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (ISEND) services mentioned on this page, on our directory:

Mainstream School and Specialist Facilities

The process for Elective Home Education, if your child is attending a mainstream school or a school with specialist facilities 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 to record that they are being electively home educated.

At every following annual review, the Local Authority will decide whether home education continues to be appropriate.

Special School

The process for Elective Home Education, 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 and 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 to record that they are being electively home educated. The school will remove your child from roll.

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

At every following annual review, the Local Authority will decide whether home education continues to be appropriate.

Additional Help and Support

Assessment & Planning

Your allocated Assessment and Planning Officer (APO) will be happy to answer any questions you have during this process. 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 e-mail 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 will have been sent. 

You can also contact the Assessment & Planning office:

Amaze SENDIASS

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

Amaze also have a page on their website, Understanding Home Education.

East Sussex Local Offer directory of services

You can visit our SEND-specific online directory, hosted on East Sussex 1Space, that lists many different services both throughout the county and online. Services include advice, guidance and support groups, activities and events and mental health and wellbeing support among many other topics:

NHS - Health A to Z

While 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, with information and advice on how to get extra support:

Glossary of East Sussex SEND Terms

Some of the terms used on this website are explained on our page, Glossary of East Sussex SEND Terms.


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