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National lockdown: Stay at home

Elective home education overview

Due to the unprecedented demands placed upon the EHE service as a result of the COVID pandemic we have commissioned Entrust to complete some pieces of work with EHE individual families. Therefore, you may be contacted by a person who works for Entrust rather than Staffordshire County Council, they will of course follow our processes and be reporting to the EHE co-ordinator in respect of their work with EHE families.

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.

Useful links

  • Department for Education - All you need to know about home schooling and elective home education.
  • BBC news article - 38% rise in parents home educating.
  • Ofqual - GOV.UK - Access this website for information and updates regarding exams in the summer of 2021. There is also an option to subscribe to email updates. We have been informed that the subject of GCSE exams and home educated children is definitely on Ofqual’s agenda and that further information will be released in the next few days.
  • GSCE/A level examinations 2021 - The consultation Ofqual are carrying out about GCSE/A level examinations for this year, 2021. Section 11 is pertinent to private candidates.

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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Date:
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