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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 EHC plan, please visit:

For more information on the ISEND services mentioned on this page, you can view their full service details, including how to contact them, by clicking on the relevant links below:

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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.

Help and Support

Your allocated APO will be happy to answer any questions you have during this process.

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 on:

The Special Educational Needs and Disability, Information, Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS) at Amaze can also offer support. Amaze SENDIASS offer a free, independent and impartial local telephone advice line that can be a good place to start seeking practical support. This service can be contacted on:

Alternatively, you can visit their website for more information:

You can also find out more about Home Education on the Amaze website:

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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