Elective Home Education guidance review

Closed 18 Jan 2024

Opened 26 Oct 2023


We are seeking views on proposed changes to the non-statutory elective home education guidance for local authorities and parents.

Why your views matter

This consultation seeks views on revised versions of the non-statutory elective home education (EHE) guidance for local authorities and parents.

The EHE guidance was last updated in 2019 and is due for review. Both sets of guidance are a vital resource for parents and local authorities to help them understand their roles and legal responsibilities around EHE. 

The changes made aim to help parents and local authorities better understand what they are required to do to ensure all children receive a suitable education.

We value and welcome the input of all those interested in the updated EHE guidance, such as local authorities, home educating parents, schools, out-of-school settings, and charities.


  • Teachers
  • Headteachers
  • Governors
  • School support staff
  • Early learning and childcare providers
  • Local authorities
  • Adult education providers
  • Further education colleges
  • Sixth form colleges
  • Designated safeguarding leads
  • Virtual school heads
  • SENCOs
  • Educational Psychologists
  • Governing bodies and academy trusts
  • Bodies representing schools and local authorities
  • Faith bodies
  • Pupils
  • Young people
  • Parents
  • Foster carers
  • Adoptive parents
  • Community representatives
  • Social workers
  • Government bodies and departments
  • Those evaluating programmes for children in need
  • Those involved in underlying theoretical research on abuse and neglect, child development etc
  • Those researching children’s social care or education systems, with links to educational outcomes of Children in Need
  • Academies (including free schools), voluntary aided schools, voluntary controlled schools, foundation schools and community schools
  • Social workers
  • Team managers
  • Service managers
  • Principle social workers
  • Directors of children's services


  • Education
  • Keeping children safe in education and other settings
  • Preventing neglect, abuse and exploitation
  • Disabled children
  • SEND code of practice
  • Teaching and learning (SEND)