These guidance notes are intended to help parents who have decided to, or who are considering, educating their child at home, rather than at school. The education of a child at home is a great responsibility for a family. It demands a serious commitment of time, patience and energy. This information should make clear the current legislation, together with Surrey Children's Service's policies and ways of working. We hope the questions and answers will clarify the situation and help you reach the best decision for your child.
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Before you decide
- Does your child have to be educated at school?
- What does education at home really mean?
- What does it cost to educate a child at home?
- Will your child miss the social aspect of school?
- Helpful points to consider about home education
If you decide to educate your child at home
- How to withdraw your child from school for home education
- First steps to home education
- How is Surrey County Council involved in Elective Home Education?
- How to teach your child at home
- Home education for children with special educational needs
- What happens if it appears suitable education is not being provided?
- If you decide to return your child to school after trying home education
Help and resources
Files available to download
- Elective home education - parent guidance (841.2 KB)
These guidance notes are intended to help parents who have decided to, or who are considering educating their child at home, rather than at school.