Elective home education

Most parents choose to send their child to school, but you do have the right to educate your child at home.


What the law says

The law states that as a parent you must ensure your child receives a full-time education from the age of five.

You must ensure your child receives education that is suitable to their age, ability, aptitude and any other special needs they have.

This can be done through regular attendance at school or through electing to educate them at home.

Our role

We respect your right to choose to educate your child at home, rather than have them attend a school.

We believe in working in partnership with you and offer advice and guidance through our 'Derbyshire Approach to Elective Home Education'. You can find this in the related documents section of this web page.

There are opportunities to learn outside at mills, former railways, parks, grounds around museums and other buildings in Derbyshire. There are some ideas, resources and activities available in our learning outside the classroom pages.

Our careers advisers provide free, up-to-date careers information, advice and guidance to teenagers. They also offer advice to people with learning difficulties or disabilities.

If you have any questions about elective home education please email: cayaehe@derbyshire.gov.uk

Related documents

The following documents are in Portable Document Format (PDF). You can download software to view PDF documents for free from the Adobe website (opens in a new window)

The following documents are in Word format. You can download software to view Word documents for free from the Word viewer page (opens in a new window) of the Microsoft website.

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