Educational welfare services
Elective home education (EHE)
Parents or carers may decide to provide home-based education for their children instead of sending them to school - this is referred to as ‘elective home education’. We recognise that home education is a key aspect of parental choice and is equal, in law, to education provided in school. Swindon Borough Council, as the local authority (LA), has a duty to be satisfied that all children are receiving suitable education.
We have support officers that work with home educators and the young people who are being electively home educated in Swindon. However, the Education Welfare Service (EWS) takes the lead role for Swindon Borough Council. Legislation makes it clear that parents who choose to educate their children at home take on full responsibility, including financial responsibility. We can only provide support where resources permit.
If you are considering EHE as the education pathway for your child, please contact the EHE support officer in the first instance via EHE@Swindon.gov.uk prior to confirming your decision to remove your child from the school’s roll.
Further information is available on the Home Schooling webpage.