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Elective home education overview

Welcome to this on-line advice and support tool for parents who are either considering educating their child(ren) at home or for those parents looking for useful links.

The law clearly states that parents/carers are responsible for ensuring that their child or children receive a full-time education ensuring that every child is receiving an education suitable to his or her age, aptitude and ability and to any special educational needs (SEN) he or she may have, by regular attendance at a school or otherwise. The vast majority of parents/carers send their children to school.  There are, however, a small minority who elect to educate their children otherwise than at school i.e. at home. Staffordshire County Council respects the rights of these parents/carers to educate their children at home.

Convention on the Rights of the child

Who is responsible for the Convention in the Government?

All parts of government have a responsibility to learn about, promote and implement the Convention. The Department for Children, Schools and Families co-ordinates the Government's report to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child. Beverley Hughes MP, the Minister for Children, Young People and Families, has lead responsibility within the UK Government for the Convention.

Article 29

  • Governments agree that the aim of education is to help the fullest possible growth of the child's or young person's personality, talents and mental and physical abilities.

Education must help children and young people:

  • respect human rights
  • respect their parents
  • respect their and others' culture, language and values
  • have self respect
  • respect the environment
  • Find out more from the Childrens Rights Alliance

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Latest education news

Praise for keeping schools open for key workers

Teachers, nursery workers and other childcare professionals have been praised for doing a great job supporting the response to the current Coronavirus crisis.
Date:
30 March 2020

Schools to close in Staffordshire to combat spread of Coronavirus

Schools will close on Friday afternoon until further notice to all but vulnerable pupils and the children of key workers.
Date:
18 March 2020

Coton Green Primary School could expand

Parents and members of the local community are being consulted on the expansion of a popular Tamworth primary school.
Date:
03 February 2020

Deadline for primary applications looms

Time is running out for parents to get their primary school applications in before the 15 January 2020 deadline.
Date:
10 January 2020

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