Elective Home Education
Elective Home Education (EHE):
Home education is an option
that any family may consider for their children. The reasons for
deciding on this approach are many, as are the styles of education
undertaken. For some families it is a decision based on their
philosophical, spiritual or religious outlook, for others it is to
meet the specific needs of a child or children. It may be because
of dissatisfaction with “the system” or used as a short-term
intervention for a particular reason. Whatever the circumstances
the local authority aims to support parents in their choice.
The EHE Officer is - Lyndsay
To contact her call 01234 228375 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For examples of forms you can
self complete, please see the bottom of this page
Here are some of the ways the
Elective Home Education Officer can support parents or carers if
they are considering home education as an option:
- How to deregister your child from school
- Advice on different approaches and ensuring that your child
receives an education suitable for their age, aptitude and
- Particular advice on contacts around issues of special
educational needs e.g. SEND Advice
contacts, information on requesting an assessment of needs, careers
and counselling contacts
- Reports may be provided to support parental appeals e.g.
Admissions or College entry;
- Personal or telephone contact to discuss issues at any
- General advice about the different ways families home educate
in Bedford Borough
In 2015 the Bedford Borough Elective Home Education Team, along
with a focus group of home educators in Bedford Borough re-wrote
the Elective Home Education Policy, please see the link below for
the EHE Policy, at the end of the documents is a list of useful
websites for home educators.
Elective Home Education policy
The PLACE Scheme (Parent-Led and Community-Based Education) is a
Bedford Borough commissioned service to support families who choose
to engage in home based learning.
PLACE is a Bedford Local Authority support service for home
educating families managed by Biddenham International School and
Sports College. To be eligible for the scheme, children
should be on the elective home education (EHE) register of the
local authority in which they live.
The PLACE Progamme provides significant support for
PLACE-registered GCSE students, including part-time specialist
support for a number of GCSE subjects and entrance for public
PLACE also runs a busy enrichment programme for enrolled
youngsters from approximately ages four to sixteen and, in
addition, provides measures of help and expertise with special
needs issues through its partner school.
For further information please contact June McDonald PLACE
Locally based groups,
support and websites-
Bedford College working with Elective Home
Educators believe it’s important for all young people and
adults in our community to be given equal opportunities to develop
and use their skills and talents. They are delighted to be working
with a growing number of families who electively home educate
to provide an introduction to some of the support services
available to your children at Bedford College, Shuttleworth College
and The Bedford Sixth Form.
Challenge aims to increase the number of young people
accessing, enjoying and making great art and culture through
providing clear details of cultural providers in your local area.
We serve to strengthen the cultural landscape here by building
today’s audiences and tomorrow’s creative people.
National Networks for Collaborative
Outreach aims to reach all educators in Bedfordshire
and Milton Keynes. It will provide a single point of contact to
help educators, teachers and advisors find out about higher
education outreach activity in the area and provide general advice
about progression into higher education. As well as working with
educators, local schools and colleges it will also work with local
authorities and business organisations to develop initiatives
directed at employability.
National Websites -
Education Otherwise: www.education-otherwise.net
Ed Yourself: www.edyourself.org
Home Schooling: https://www.gov.uk/home-education
Ahome Education: http://www.ahomeeducation.co.uk/
Home Education Advisory Service: http://www.heas.org.uk/
Department for Education: http://www.education.gov.uk/
HE in the UK – Special Educational
Home Education UK: http://www.home-education.org.uk/
Home Education in the UK: http://home-ed.info/
Educational Freedom: http://educationalfreedom.org.uk/
FAQ’s on Elective Home
How do I
deregister my child?
be sent to my house to teach my child?
What role does the Local
Authority/EHE Officer play in my child's education?
What happens when it's time for
Do I have to follow
the National Curriculum?
Do I have to follow a
timetable or have lessons?
What are some of
the different approaches to home education?
How can I contact other
home educators in the area?
Will my child become
What happens if a Truancy
Officer stops my child and I in the street?
if my child wants to go back to school?
How do I deregister my child?
Send a letter/email to your child's school requesting them to
take your child off roll, from a specific date, stating that you
intend to home educate them from now on. It is helpful if a copy of
the deregistration letter is sent to the Elective Home Education
Officer at Borough Hall.
Will someone be sent to my house to
teach my child?
No, after deregistering your child, it is your responsibility to
organise the education of your child, the Local Authority cannot
send anyone to your house to teach your child.
What role does the Local Authority/EHE
Officer play in my child's education?
The EHE Officer will make contact with you, when you first
deregister your child to arrange a meeting, either at home, a
mutually agreed location or at Borough Hall This is just to meet
you, and your child (if you are happy with this), to get an
understanding of how you are planning on educating your child and
answer any questions/offer any advice you may need.
We will then make contact annually, either offering another
visit or asking for an update to ensure our records are up to
What happens when it's time for
It is up to you the parent to investigate and pay for your
child's exams. There are some schools in the Bedfordshire local
area that will agree for home educated children to sit exams at
their school. The schools which offer this are subject to
change as it depends on how many of their own students are sitting
exams as to whether they can accommodate anymore. Contact the EHE
Officer or other professionals to find out if they are aware of any
currently taking students, or please let us know if you have
found a school that will!
Do I have to follow the National
The education you provide has to be full time, efficient and
suitable. You do not have to follow the National Curriculum, but
you may find it helpful to use it as a framework, both for subjects
to include and to get an idea of levels of achievement. You can
obtain information about the National Curriculum, both Primary and
Secondary, on the National
Curriculum website that includes guidance and tools that can be
If you intend to send your child to school in the future, then
it would be wise to be aware of what is taught in school so they
are not disadvantaged. There are many textbooks and workbooks based
on the National Curriculum and these may be useful. You can also
use the internet to find information and tools to help you
teach your child at home.
Do I have to follow a timetable or have
You might follow a timetable, that you have devised, most home
educators have a "flexible" timetable. You may choose to
follow a form of 'discovery' education, in which the interests of
your child are the focus. Or you might use mixture of these
methods. It's entirely up to you.
What are some of the different
approaches to home education?
There are many different ways to home educate your
child/children, simply recreating a classroom in your home may not
necessarily work for you, the link below gives further details on -
deschooling, unschooling/autonomous learning, distance learning,
classical learning etc.
How can I contact other home educators
in the area?
Bedford Borough has an active online Home Education presence,
you can search Facebook for national and local groups, there is
always something going on in the local area.
Will my child become socially
Many home eductaing families have a very busy and varied social
life. There's no reason to believe they will become socially
awkward simply because they are home educated. Please see the link
below for further information.
What happens if a Truancy Officer stops
my child and I in the street?
If you are stopped by a Truancy Officer, if you mention that you
are known to the EHE Team, a simple phone call will confirm that
you are a home educator known to the Local Authority.
What happens if my child wants
to go back to school?
Absolutely fine, contact the Bedford Borough Admissions Team by completing an online
form, there is no guarantee that a place will still be available at
their previous school though. Please let the Elective Home
Education Officer know as well though!
Below are links to the two forms we use when discussing your
child's education and progress -
Click the image below to see the initial form to complete when
deregistering your child, or if you do not wish to have a
meeting with the Elective Home Education Officer just yet.
Click the image below to see the annual update form to complete
on a yearly basis, unless the Elective Home Education Officer meets