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The Health Secretary has set out the next steps in the fight against Coronavirus. See the press conference at Youtube: Coronavirus press conference (19 January 2022).

Educate your child at home


You can teach your child at home, either full or part-time. This is called home education (sometimes 'elective home education' or 'home schooling').

You may decide to use private tutors or other adults to help you 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:

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

Contact us
Home Education
03000 265 650
Our address is:
  • Children and Young People's Services
  • County Hall
  • Durham
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DH1 5UJ