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Elective home education

Parents have a legal duty: to ensure their children receive an efficient full-time education suitable to age, ability, aptitude and any special educational needs.

Our legal duty

We have a legal duty to safeguard young people in Derbyshire by means of a reasonable and proportionate approach, making sure each child's development is progressing well.

Parental decision

Most parents decide to send their children to a school, but some choose to take on full responsibility and home educate, called elective home education (EHE).

EHE can be a rewarding experience for both the parent and child when it's a positive choice, and when fully considering the educational entitlement of the young person.

EHE requires time, dedication, hard work and patience. Parents also need to be aware they become responsible for organising all costs including resources and exam fees.

We would always suggest parents talk to a Derbyshire EHE advisor for their local area – they can offer impartial advice and guidance before a final decision needs to be made.

Information and advice

You can read national guidance for parents on elective home education on Gov.UK. and Derbyshire's approach to elective home education on the Derbyshire Local Offer website

Families who are electively home educating can still access services such as the 5 to 19 school nursing service. The school nursing service works in partnership with children, young people, and their families to ensure that children's health needs are supported within their school and their community.

You can also find information about the Derbyshire library service, including where to find your local library.

Data collection and privacy notice

We collect and monitor data to oversee EHE in Derbyshire to deliver appropriate interventions, support families and educational settings, and support and challenge schools where appropriate. This is in accordance with our children's services privacy notices.


If you have any questions about elective home education please email: or tel: 01629 533720.