London Borough of Croydon

Pupils educated by their parents at home

Croydon believes in the value of school-based education but respects the rights of parents and carers to elect to educate their children at home. We believe that every child and young person on Elective Home Education (EHE) should have the right to a balanced, relevant and differentiated curriculum experience. We also believe that all children and young people on EHE should be encouraged to achieve their full potential so that they can take advantage of the opportunities offered to them in later life and become valued as responsible and equal members of society.

Parents must accept full responsibility for educating a child at home. We do not provide financial assistance, a curriculum, or tutors for children who are taken out of school by their parents.

Parents making this decision should inform the head teacher of the school their child attends in writing and the school will then inform us. If the child has never attended school, parents should inform us directly.

We have a duty to intervene if we have evidence that the education offered is not suitable. In order to make a decision on this basis an education officer will make a request to visit the family, if possible, to view the education being offered. Many parents find this useful as the officer can offer advice and information in regard to education provision. Following the visit a report will be written confirming that provision is suitable.

If you would like further information about educating at home, please ring the number below and request the booklet called 'Educating Your Child at Home'. This will show you where to look for the more detailed information you will need.

What if the child has special educational needs?

For a child with a Statement of Special Educational Needs which names a special school, the situation is different and we must be consulted and give permission for education at home. We must also take responsibility for ensuring that the Statement is reviewed once a year.


Monitoring and Support Teacher (EHE)

Children, Families and Learning
020 8726 6167
Address Line:

4th Floor, Zone A

Bernard Weatherill House

8 Mint Walk




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