Elective home education

Guidance for local authorities and schools about children educated at home.

Applies to England



This is for:

  • local authorities
  • schools

It relates to the following legislation:

It details local authorities’ roles, responsibilities and the legislation they need to follow. It also includes information on home schooling funding.

Read the school attendance guidance for more information about how school attendance codes should be used to record the attendance of pupils. Pupils who are being flexi-schooled should be marked as absent from school during the periods when they are receiving home education.

Published 1 November 2007
Last updated 2 April 2019 + show all updates
  1. 'Elective home education: guidance for local authorities' and 'Elective home education: guidance for parents' replaces 'Home education guidelines for local authorities'. The funding information remains unchanged.

  2. First published.