Home Schooling (Elective Home Education)

Elective Home Education in Peterborough

-The EHE Service offers support and guidance to families in Peterborough who choose to educate their children in other ways than at school.

The education must still be ‘efficient’ and ‘suitable’ for your child.

When you notify your child’s school of your intention to home educate they will pass this information to the council who will send you an information pack about elective home education.

An initial visit/meeting will take place to examine and discuss provision, with a second visit arranged at a later date. 

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Who to contact

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Where to go


The EHE Officer is based at Sand Martin House and is available to visit families within their homes or at a mutually agreed venue across the Peterborough area.


Age Ranges
Referral not required
Referral Details

Parents and carers may contact the EHE officer directly or may be referred to the EHE service by a child's former school or the school admissions team.  The service is free of charge and there is no waiting list.

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Special educational needs (home education)

  • If your child has special educational needs you have an equal right to home educate.  However, if your child currently attends a special school his/her name cannot be removed from the roll of that school without the agreement of the Local Authority.
  • If a child who is home educated has an Education, health and care plan (EHCP), the Local Authority remains responsible for ensuring that the child’s needs are met and are under a duty to maintain the child’s statement and to review it annually.
  • It may be appropriate, once it is established that a child’s special educational needs are being met without any additional support from the council, to review the EHCP.
  • If the home education which the parents are providing falls short of meeting the child’s needs, as identified in the EHCP, then this education would not be deemed “suitable”.
  • If, after a period given to address the concerns, the education is still considered not suitable, you will be asked to send/return your child to school.
  • If you fail to do so a School Attendance Order may be served.
  • If you are educating your child at home and feel he/she has special educational needs you may ask the council to carry out a statutory assessment (or reassessment) for an EHCP.
Local Offer Age Bands
5 to 11 years
11 to 19 years


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