Elective Home Education (EHE)

What do we do?

  • the service works with parents and carers in partnership
  • we offer advice and guidance which is tailored to the family’s needs
  • we support local EHE meet-ups

The law

The responsibility for a child’s education rests with the parents or carers. 

In England, education is a child's right and the parent or carer must ensure that this happens between the ages of 5-17.

This can take place at 'school' or 'otherwise'.

What should I do if I wish to home educate?

If, after careful consideration and research, you decide to home educate your child, and your child is on school roll, you must inform the school in writing of your decision. You can also inform the EHE Officer by emailing ehe@bolton.gov.uk

The school will then inform the Achievement Cohesion and Integration Service (ACIS) that you have chosen to be responsible for the education of your child at home. ACIS will aim to contact you within six  weeks. However, if you have not heard from ACIS, please contact them on 01204 332309 or by email at ehe@bolton.gov.uk.  The school will no longer be responsible for your child's education. 

 I have de-registered my child - what happens next?

ACIS will contact you and offer you a home visit or a meeting to offer advice and support in developing the educational programme for your child/children.


When you as the parent or carer decide to home educate you assume full financial responsibility for the education of your child.