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Check HERE to determine if a report is necessary at this point.

It is VITAL that you read the letter or email from the LA and respond accordingly.

If you live in Wales it would be prudent to note the differences between English and Welsh EHE guidance, read THIS

The LA shouldn’t be expecting a fully scheduled structured Home Education (it’s ok if that’s what you do), but you are expected to demonstrate how the education is suitable to age, ability and aptitude, as well as meeting any SEN.

REMEMBER you NEVER have to accept a visit or a phone call. Please read through the rest of our site and the relevent EHE guidance.


If you need further help writing a report we have this handy guide.

Home Educational outline and update of provision and resources for *child*

  • Describe your educational philosophy. Why you think Home Education is right for your child, what it offers the child and what you believe it will achieve. Keep it positive. (An educational philosophy on its own is not adequate information, the term is often used incorrectly to mean a report about the provision).
  • Your style of Home Education, why this style and why it is right for the child/family, make a reference to the education being full time (doesn’t have to be school hours) with some example of how it is full time. Use examples such as doing formal work in a morning and child led topics in an afternoon (use your own suitable example)
  • A list of resources, such as what kind of books you use, internet, types of art supplies, science equipment, sporting equipment etc. You could give some examples.
  • Websites your child uses, which topics and subjects they’ve been learning about.
  • Workbooks, worksheets, discussions and whatever else you do, mention whether its structured or when the child chooses, and how you follow up on what the child has been learning.
  • Make sure you have mentioned topics within subjects such as maths, English and sciences, it doesn’t have to be in school like terminology. For example quadratic equations, verb usage, coastal erosion etc. (including these kind of specifics helps the LA understand the level the child is working at and will then see progress over the coming years).
  • If you have no formal structure to your Home Education, it is vital that you explain how what the child does is educational. Include lots of examples such as discussions, TV programmes, outings, websites, games etc.
  • If this is a report after a few months of Home Educating, mention what kind of progress your child has made, that you’re happy with progress and how you establish progress is being made.
  • Include details of progression, such as: ‘since last year’s report, X has progressed through X and is now working on Y, the similar progress has been made across all x topics’ refer to progress made in other subjects.
  • Describe other educational and learning activities, and how they add to the educational provision/skills they learn. eg baking, DIY, building Lego, etc, use a few of your own examples.
  • Explain how your child socialises and takes part in sports, do not give details of specific friends or groups.
  • INCLUDE : ‘The above is not an exhaustive list and is subject to change at any time as the child’s needs change. We expect this is adequate information to satisfy your informal enquiry, please confirm receipt. ‘