The law requires every child of statutory school age to be educated, either by regular attendance at school or, if parents choose, at home, providing the child receives an efficient full-time education suitable –

  1. to their age, ability and aptitude, and
  2. to any special educational needs they may have.

If you choose to make your own arrangements to educate your child at home you will be fully responsible. The Local Authority does not provide any assistance with costs, materials, curriculum or any other advice.  The decision to educate your child at home is a big step; it will take a considerable amount of your time, energy and money.

If you choose to home educate, you will need to inform in writing, the school your child currently attends. Please also complete the voluntary registration form and return this to

  Download the home education voluntary registration form

You can also post it to:

Student Services
Room SF338, Electric House
c/o Town Hall
Castle Circus

It is the Local Authority’s responsibility to look at the quality of your provision of home education.

You will get a home visit from the EHE quality assurance officer who will want to see evidence of the teaching and learning you are doing with your child.

Please read through the Guidelines booklet for parents considering home education.

Once you have worked out your home education programme, we advise you to complete and return the Elective Home Education Programme booklet and return it to Torbay Education, for the attention of

Home Education Guidelines
A guide to help parents/carers understand what may be involved if they are considering educating their child outside the school system