Strengthening Home Education Contents



A statutory register for children out of school

Supporting children with SEND and home education

Assessment of a ‘suitable’ education

Better data on outcomes

A level playing field on access to examinations

1 Introduction

The Committee’s inquiry

The legal framework for Elective Home Education (EHE) in England

Why do parents choose to home educate?

2 What do we know about children who are home-educated?

Elective Home Education: what data do we have?

Increasing numbers of children receiving EHE

The “covid increase”

Special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)

A statutory register for children in EHE

Arguments against a statutory register

Arguments for a statutory register

The Government’s position

Inclusion, off-rolling and unregistered schools

Special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)

Unregistered schools

3 Elective Home Education: Local Authorities and support

Local Authority powers

Government consultation and guidance

Visibility of EHE in wider guidance

The potential role for inspection

More consistent support from local authorities, including for children with SEND

4 Outcomes, assessment and exams for children receiving EHE

What do we know about outcomes?



Conclusions and recommendations

Appendix 1: Letter to the Secretary of State for Education, 3 December

Appendix 2: Fundamental British Values, as defined in Government guidance

Formal minutes


Published written evidence

List of Reports from the Committee during the current Parliament

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