Elective Home Education (EHE)
When a parent decides to home educate they need to notify the school in writing, the school will remove the child from their register and inform the local education authority (LEA).
It is recommended that parents also inform the LEA, although not legally obliged, so that they are aware of the change. The EHE co-ordinator will then arrange to meet in order to talk to the parent and to consider schemes of work and approaches to learning. Further visits will be agreed at the initial meeting. It should be noted that if parents choose to home educate their child the cost incurred will not be met by the LEA, it is the responsibility of the parent.
Children with statements of Special Educational Needs (SEN) can be home educated, although if they are attending a special school their names cannot be removed from the school register without the consent of the LEA.
The internal component of many standard qualification courses such as GCSEs can restrict the choice available for Home Educated students. The examination board Edexcel has made their International GCSEs available to home-educated pupils and other options may be available through local colleges.
If you are considering the option of educating your child or children at home please contact the EHE co-ordinator for an information booklet, which will give you full information on the policy and practice of the Vale of Glamorgan LEA.