Educating children at home

Lambeth 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 and relevant curriculum.

We also believe that all children and young people on EHE should be encouraged to achieve their full potential. This way, 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 that 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 inclusion 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 about 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 contact the Inclusion team via the details below and request an information pack. This will show you where to look for the more detailed information you will need.