Elective home education

Parents / carers have a duty to ensure that their children receive a suitable full time education either by regular attendance at school or otherwise:

Section 7 of the Education Act 1996 states that parents have a duty to secure education of children of compulsory school age.

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"The parent of every child of compulsory school age shall cause him to receive efficient full-time education suitable:

(a) to his age, ability and aptitude, and

(b) to any special educational needs he may have, either by regular attendance at school or otherwise."

The law allows parents / carers to educate their children at home instead of sending them to school, if they fulfil certain conditions.  These are detailed in the Elective Home Education Booklet which will give you more information about the processes for Elective Home Education within Cornwall.

Once a parent / guardian informs the school in writing of their decision to home educate their child, the school should follow the Elective Home Education Inter-Agency Protocol. The child should be removed from school roll and a copy of the letter with the completed Elective Home Education Form should be sent to the Local Authority.