Elective Home Education (EHE)
Information for Elective Home Educators during the Coronnavirus Crisis.
Links to the educational sites whilst educating children at home due to COVID-19 restrictions:
Keeping your child safe online. Below are some useful links to help parents and carers:
Support available to parents to help them maintain their family’s wellbeing whilst home educating
Social connections, alongside exercise, sleep, diet and routine, are important protective factors for mental health. Public Health England’s Rise Above platform supports young people around wellbeing and is worth a visit. Social isolation, reduced exercise, and bereavement, may affect children’s wellbeing in this period. Resources to promote and support children and young people’s mental wellbeing also include:
Elective Home Education
Information for families Electively Home Educating in Torbay
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 examination costs, curriculum materials or additional resources. The decision to educate your child at home is a big step; it will take a considerable amount of your time, energy and money. Please read through the guidelines booklet below if you are considering elective home education.
If you decide to electively home educate and your child currently attends a school, it is important to inform the school by writing to the Headteacher.
If you are electively home educating in Torbay, please complete the voluntary registration form and return this to firstname.lastname@example.org. This can be downloaded by clinking on the tab below.
Once the local authority is aware that a child is electively home educated, the EHE Team will contact parents to request information on the education at home.
Torbay Elective Home Education Team contact information:
Tel No: 01803 206473 Business Support, Elective Home Education Team
Postal address: Elective Home Education Team, Torbay Education, 2nd Floor, Electric House, Castle Circus, Torquay, TQ1 3DR
EHE Lead Professional: David Bevan
Senior Head of Vulnerable Students Team: Dan Hamer
For more information about Elective Home Education, explore this web page and all the information and resources it provides.
A copy of the Elective Home Education Policy and Procedures document can be requested by contacting the Elective Home Education Team.
Torbay Council work hard to provide our customers with the best possible service. Many people wish to compliment us on what we do for example where a member of staff has been particularly helpful or polite or where a service has exceeded expectation or where a policy has resulted in great customer satisfaction. Sometimes, however, we are unable to meet our customers’ expectations, and as with compliments, when we have done something well, we use any complaints as learning points to try and improve our services. Any complaint about the Elective Home Education Team, should be through the central councils complaints procedure, which can be found at https://www.torbay.gov.uk/council/get-in-touch/feedback/
South Devon College - Elective Home Education Scheme
Please click the image below to learn more about this very successful programme, which provides a broad and diverse Key Stage 4 curriculum for learners in year 10 & 11.
Doorstep Arts are the creative education company in residence at the Palace Theatre, Paignton. They also provide 14 drama groups across Torbay at key doorstep sites – youth clubs, church halls and schools. The young people who attend these groups range in age from 0-25. They write their own stories and songs, and they explore original ideas through drama process, play, and imagination. The groups provide safe educational spaces to experiment with what it means to be an artist and to explore your own voice.
- Fort Apache - open access adventure playground in the heart of Torquay
- Indigos - a place to build dens, slide, swing, toast marshmallows on a fire and generally ‘hang out’ in Brixham
- Wild Fox - Adventure Playground in Paignton
Please also scroll down for weblinks related to Elective Home Education that you may find useful.
There are also a wide range of online forums that you may wish to explore yourself.
Who to contact
- Contact Name
- Torbay Elective Home Education Team
- 01803 206473
Parents who choose to electively home educate children who have Special Educational Needs may find it useful to look at resource pages, on the Torbay Local Offer, relevant to their childs needs:
SEN Early Years Resources - this suit of resources was created to give Early Years Practitioners and Parents/Carers easy access to relevant information and resources. Although the resources are targeted at young children, many of them are also useful for any children who are developmentaly delayed.
- Play Skills & Learning (SEN Early Years Resources)
- Communication & Interaction (SEN Early Years Resources)
- Physical & Sensory including Toilet Training (SEN Early Years Resources)
- Personal, Social and Emotional (SEN Early Years Resources)
Hearing Impairment Resources - these are suitable for any child or young person with hearing impairment.
SEN Support Resources for Pupils/Students with Dyslexia - the majority of these resources are taken from or adapted from the former National Strategies.