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Educating your child at home


Parents and carers have a legal responsibility to ensure that every child of compulsory school age receives an efficient full-time education. This must be suitable to his/her age, ability and aptitude and any special education needs he/she may have.

For the majority of children, this means regular attendance at school. However, parents can choose to educate their child at home rather than at school. This is called elective home education. Parents may decide to use private tutors or other adults to assist them in providing a suitable education, but there is no requirement to do so. Learning may take place in a variety of locations, not just in the family home.

Disagreements at school

Children should not be taken out of school simply because of a disagreement with the school or class teacher. There are many ways of solving problems, such as contacting the head teacher of your child's school, the governors of the school or you can contact us.

More information

You can find more information on elective home education and how we will ensure a child is receiving a suitable education, together with a list of frequently asked questions, in Icon for pdf A Guide to Home Education in County Durham (PDF, 243.1kb) .

If you have questions on elective home education in County Durham please contact us.

Contact us
Home Education
03000 265 895
Our address is:
  • Children and Young People's Services
  • County Hall
  • Durham
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DH1 5UJ
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