Elective Home Education
Education at home is an option that parents or carers may consider for their children. The reasons for choosing it are many and varied, as are the styles of education provided. For some families their decision may be based on their philosophical, spiritual or religious outlook; for others it is to meet what they consider to be the specific educational or cultural needs of their child.
In many respects Gypsy and Traveller families educating their children at home, (particularly with the onset of adolescence), reflects fairly traditional patterns of behaviour within Gypsy and Traveller culture.
There is a notification procedure explained in detail, for parents or carers wishing to home educate their child.
However, what is not fully explained to parents or carers in the early stages of the process when the decision to home educate a child has been made, is that the local authority have no legal responsibility or obligation to fund parents or cares who choose to home educate their child. Therefore, parents or carers should carefully consider the costs that maybe involved – equipment, visits, books, tutors etc. In common with many of the local authorities, Hampshire does not provide direct funding or resources for exercise or text books, pens, pencils or paper, home computers or home tutors.
Furthermore, whilst it is possible to return to mainstream education from a period of home tuition it can be difficult as school places might not be available. Also funding to access college may not be possible.