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Elective Home Education: Essentials for Local Authority Professionals


There are no classes currently available for registration.


Working in the field of elective home education is complex and challenging. Negotiating the rights and responsibilities of parents and local authorities can be confusing and at times controversial, and is often entwined with other issues. Multi-agency working is essential and effective practice requires knowledge of the legal frameworks regulating children missing education, safeguarding and child protection, and special educational needs.

This short course, Elective Home Education: Essentials for Local Authority Professionals, is designed to assist local authority professionals - both experienced and new to the field - to be up-to-date, informed and reflective practitioners. It will provide you with an understanding of:

  • the law relating to elective home education and of the different sources of law
  • how the legal framework respects the rights of parents and children
  • the legal powers, duties and responsibilities of local authorities
  • the distinct roles of education, welfare and safeguarding agencies
  • the meaning of 'suitable education'
  • good practice and variations in national practice
  • comparative perspectives and future reforms.

The course consists of four two-hour seminars, with contributions from key stakeholders, supported by online materials, readings and case studies for discussion.

This course is endorsed by both the Association for Elective Home Education Professionals (AEHEP) and the Association for Education Welfare Management (AEWM).

Classes are available to register on this course. It will run for four weeks on these dates:

  • Tuesday 1 March, 10am to 12pm
  • Tuesday 8 March, 10am to 12pm
  • Tuesday 15 March, 10am to 12pm
  • Tuesday 22 March, 10am to 12pm

To find out more about this course, discounts for group bookings, and to register. 

This course is non-credit bearing, so carries no credit points.

  • Entry requirements

    Entry requirements

    Most of our short courses have no formal entry requirements and are open to all students.

    To be eligible for this course, you should already have a minimum of three months professional experience/employment with a local authority in the field of home education, school attendance management, education welfare, or child protection.

    As part of the enrolment process, you may be required to submit a copy of a suitable form of ID.

    International students who wish to come to the UK to study a short course can apply for a Visitor visa. Please note that it is not possible to obtain a Student visa to study a short course.

  • How to apply

    How to apply

    You register directly onto the classes you would like to take. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis - so apply early. If you wish to take more than one short course, you can select each one separately and then register onto them together via our online application portal. There is usually no formal selection process, although some modules may have prerequisites and/or other requirements, which will be specified where relevant.

    If your employer has agreed to pay all or part of your fees for this course, please read through and complete the steps on payment arrangements for employer-sponsored students before you register for this course. We recommend you do this in plenty of time before the course starts.