Education Other Than at School
The two main reasons children receive an education outside the mainstream school system
There are two main reasons why a child may not be educated in an educational setting – e.g. Mainstream school, Special School, Pupil Referral Unit (PRU), privately funded education, etc.
In West Berkshire, we define these as follows:
Medical Tuition Service:
If your child is not able to attend his or her educational placement due to a medical illness e.g. an extended hospital stay or severe and complex medical conditions requiring the intervention of medical specialists . You may be entitled to support from West Berkshire’s Medical Tuition Service. To find out more, please click on the links on this page.
Elective Home Education:
Educating your child outside the mainstream school system
You have the right to educate your child outside the school system if you wish to.
However, if you choose to educate your child outside of the school system, you are obliged under the Education Act 1996 to ensure your child, if of compulsory school age, is in receipt of a full-time education appropriate to their age, aptitude and ability, including any special educational needs that they may have.
There are independent resources you can access to help you understand what elective home education is, how it will impact you and your child and how to make sure you are providing the best elective home education possible.
Employing a Private Tutor
Parents/carers sometimes consider employing a private tutor for a variety of reasons, and it's important that they have access to the right information about how to do this.
Please see the guidance document which can be found on the right.