Not all children are educated at school. Some children receive education in a variety of settings arranged by the local authority. This may be because the child has a medical condition that prevents them from attending school or it might be that alternative provision has been identified as best meeting the child’s educational needs in a statement or EHCP. In other cases, parents have chosen to educate their children at home. This is known as elective home education. In East Sussex County Council, the iSEND Teaching and Learning Provision team looks after the local authority’s responsibilities both for alternative provision and for elective home education. In the case of alternative provision, the ISEND team is responsible for arranging the education provision which might be through the alternative provision centres, online learning, home tutors or a mixture of these and other provisions. In the case of elective home education, it is up to parents to arrange the education and the role of the local authority is merely to support, advise, and to investigate where there are concerns about the parent’s arrangements. Under the law and government guidance, electively home educating families enjoy considerable freedom to choose their approach to education and there are nearly as many different approaches as there are home educating families. It is not necessary to reproduce a school-based approach within the home environment; nor is it necessary to stick to the National Curriculum. This freedom is valued by home educating families, especially those who have found that their children do not fare well in a traditional school setting. Home educated children should not be discriminated against in their access to services. It is therefore important that home education is considered when services are designed and, in particular, that services which are normally accessed via the school setting also provide an access route for those not registered at a school. There is a very active home education community in East Sussex. If you are considering home education, you may want to join one of the many local groups on Facebook where you can find information on local activities and advice from other families on how to take the first steps. The group covers the whole county and maintains a list of other groups in the area.
Educating your child out of school - East Sussex County Council