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Elective Home Education (EHE)

Educating your child at home

Elective Home Education is where parents choose to exercise their legal right to take responsibility for educating their children at home.

The decision to Electively Home Educate should be taken solely by parents and schools should not seek to influence parents to opt to educate their children at home. (Section 3.12 Elective Home Education Guidelines for Local Authorities 2007 & 2013)

Parents are responsible for ensuring that their children receive a suitable education. While most parents aim to do this by sending their children to school, some parents choose to educate their children at home.

The documents below reflect Suffolk County Council’s current strategy, policy and procedures relating to Elective Home Education based on the government’s guidance to local authorities 2007. However, these will be reviewed in the light of the government’s consultation/s: 

  • Elective home education - Departmental guidance for local authorities: draft for consultation
  • Elective home education - Departmental guidance for parents: draft version for consultation

For further information please see the DfE Consultations page.

Frequently asked questions

 

1.  What is Elective Home Education (EHE)?

Parents are responsible for ensuring that their children receive a suitable education.  While most parents aim to do this by sending their children to school, some parents choose to educate their children at home.

Elective Home Education is the term used by the Department for Education (DfE) to describe parents‘ decisions to provide education for their children other than by sending them to school. This is different from home tuition provided by a local authority, and different from education provided by a local authority other than at a school.

In Suffolk we respect this right of parents. Our aim is to work constructively with parents to help them promote their children’s learning and development. We seek to establish relationships with parents that are based on mutual understanding and respect.


2.  What is the law relating to Elective Home Education?

Parents have a right to educate their children at home. Section 7 of the Education Act 1996 provides that:

 ‘The parent of every child of compulsory school age shall cause him/her to receive efficient full time education suitable –

 a)    to his/her age, ability and aptitude and
 b)    to any Special Educational Needs s/he may have, either by regular attendance at school or otherwise’.

Elective Home Education is the ‘otherwise’ part. An ‘efficient’ and ‘suitable’ education is not defined in the Education Act 1996 but ‘efficient’ has been broadly described in case law1 as an education that ‘achieves that which it sets out to achieve’, and a ‘suitable’ education is one that ‘primarily equips a child for life within the community of which he is a member, rather than the way of life in the country as a whole, as long as it does not foreclose the child's options in later years to adopt some other form of life if he wishes to do so’. There is currently no legal definition of ‘full-time’.

1 Mr Justice Woolf in the case of R v Secretary of State for Education and Science , ex parte Talmud Torah Machzikei Hadass School Trust (12 April 1985).


3.  What are parents’ rights and responsibilities?

Parents must ensure that their children receive suitable full-time education for as long as they are being educated at home.

Parents may decide to exercise their right to home educate their child from a very early age and so the child may not have been previously enrolled at school. They may also elect to home educate at any other stage up to the end of compulsory school age.

Parents do not need to seek the permission of the local authority to educate their children at home (unless their child is registered at a school as a result of a school attendance order). If a child attends a special school, the school cannot remove the child’s name from the register without the permission of the local authority.  Where parents are funding a place for their child at an independent special school, they do not require permission from the local authority to de-register.

Schools must not seek to persuade parents to educate their children at home as a way of avoiding an exclusion or because the child has a poor attendance record.

Parents who choose to educate their children at home assume full financial responsibility for the educational costs, including the cost of arranging examinations and paying the examination fees.  In the case of children with a Statement of Special Educational Needs or Education, Health & Care plan, please refer to the section below on SEN.

The type of educational activity can be varied and flexible. It is recognised that home-educating parents are not required to:

  • teach the National Curriculum
  • provide a broad and balanced curriculum
  • have a timetable
  • have premises equipped to any particular standard
  • set hours during which education will take place
  • have any specific qualifications
  • make detailed plans in advance
  • observe school hours, days or terms
  • give formal lessons
  • mark work done by their child
  • formally assess progress or set development objectives
  • reproduce school type peer group socialisation
  • match school-based, age-specific standards.

4.  What is ‘suitable’ education?

Courts have defined a ‘suitable’ education as one that equips a child for life within the community of which the child is a member, rather than the way of life in the country as a whole, as long as it does not foreclose the child’s options in later years to adopt some other form of life if the child wishes to do so.

‘Full-time’ education does not mean keeping to the same hours that a child would have in school.  In home education there is often almost continuous one-to-one contact and education may take place outside normal school hours.  There is currently no legal definition of ‘full-time’.

As previously mentioned, home educating parents do not have to teach the National Curriculum but familiarity with it is likely to be an advantage should your child return to school. 

In line with the most recent guidance from the government [DCSF (2007), Elective Home Education Guidelines for Local Authorities, we would expect parents’ provision of education at home to include the following characteristics:

  • consistent involvement of parents or other significant carers
  • recognition of the child’s needs, attitudes and aspirations
  • opportunities for the child to be stimulated by his or her learning experiences 
  • access to resources.

We appreciate that parents and their children might require a period of adjustment before finding their preferred mode of learning, which may change over time.


5.  I have decided to home educate – what should I do?

Informing the school in writing will require the school to remove your child’s name from the register (a sample deregistration letter can be found on the Education Otherwise website).The school then informs the local authority of your child’s removal from the school roll.  The Elective Home Education Consultant will then contact you and ask for some basic information and make a request to complete the Parental Confirmation of Elective Home Education form.

Parents may choose to employ other people to educate their child, but parents will continue to be responsible for the education provided.  They will also be responsible for ensuring that those whom they engage are suitable to have access to children.  Parents are advised to satisfy themselves by taking up appropriate references and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks (previously CRB checks); which the people employed should be able to produce.

If your child is not yet of statutory school age and you intend to educate him or her at home, it would be very helpful if you inform the relevant consultant.


6.  Do I have to be a qualified teacher?

You don’t have to be a qualified teacher; many home educators have no teaching qualifications and may be learning alongside their children.


7.  Do I have to tell the local authority that I am home educating?

If your child has never been to school or you are new to the area you do not have to inform the local authority. However, it would be helpful for us for you to do so by completing the Parental Confirmation of Elective Home Education form.

If a child is on the roll of a Suffolk school the school should not delete the child's name from their admissions register until they have received written notification from the parents that the pupil is receiving education otherwise than at school. The school will then inform the local authority of your child’s removal from the school roll.  The Elective Home Education Consultant will then contact you and ask for some basic information and make a request to complete the Parental Confirmation of Elective Home Education form.


8.  Does the local authority provide any funding?

The simple answer to this question is ‘No’. Please remember that local authorities have no legal responsibility or obligation to fund parents or carers who choose to home educate. You will need to look at the costs that may be involved (equipment, visits, books, tutors etc.) and plan what you intend to do before home educating. In common with many local authorities, Suffolk does not provide direct funding or resources (e.g. exercise or text books, pens, pencils or paper, home computers etc.).

Parents who choose to educate their children at home must be prepared to assume full financial responsibility, including bearing the cost of any public examinations.


9.  What about children with Special Educational Needs (SEN)?

The right of parents to educate their child at home applies equally when a child has SEN. Where a child has a Statement of SEN or an Education, Health & Care (EHC) plan and is Electively Home Educated, it remains the local authority’s duty to ensure that the child’s needs are met and therefore, the Statement/EHC plan will continue to be reviewed annually via the Statutory Annual Review process.

If a child has a special school named in the Statement or EHC plan, the local authority will need to give its ‘consent’ to the parent undertaking Elective Home Education. The pupil will remain on the roll of the special school until such time as consent is given. Should consent not be given, then the local authority will expect the pupil to attend the special school named in Statement of SEN/EHC plan. If the pupil does not attend the special school named, the local authority will pursue a School Attendance Order.

With regard to access to health provision for electively home educated children (such as Speech and Language Therapy, Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy) we would advise parents to request intervention through their GP.

A parent who is Electively Home Educating their child may ask the local authority to carry out a Statutory Assessment or reassessment of their child’s Special Educational Needs.


10.  Can my child attend school part-time?

Part time attendance is an arrangement (between the parent and the school) by which the child is registered at school but attends part time; the rest of the time the child is electively home educated.  Part time attendance is a legal option, but it depends on the agreement of the head teacher.  The child will be required to follow the National Curriculum whilst at school but not whilst he or she is being electively home educated.

The GOV.UK home education web page also says "Write to the headteacher if you plan to take your child out of school. They must accept if you're taking your child out completely. They can refuse if you want to send your child to school some of the time."


11.  Do I have to be inspected or monitored?

Local authorities have no statutory duties in relation to monitoring the quality of home education on a routine basis.  When we become aware that you are home educating your child, we will contact you to ask for some basic information such as child's name and date of birth as well as preferred contact details.  We will also ask how you wish to provide the local authority with information about your home education.  Providing we have no concerns we will normally be in touch once a year to check that you are still electively home educating and your contact details haven’t changed.  If you move house or your child starts school we would be grateful if you could let us know.


12.  What should my child learn?

This question is often asked by parents.  As stated above, you do not need to follow the National Curriculum. We fully acknowledge that parents have considerable choice over the shape and delivery of their provision.


13.  Do you have information about examinations?

Parents who choose to educate their children at home assume full financial responsibility for the educational costs, including the cost of arranging examinations and paying the examination fees.   Children may have to go to an examination centre to sit papers and parents will have to pay the costs involved but parents do have the advantage of selecting the board whose external syllabus most suits their child.

Useful introductory information on exams can also be found at the home educators Exams Wiki and Ed Yourself. Other information is available from organisations such as Education Otherwise.

Some Suffolk schools, academies and FE colleges may be willing to allow external candidates to access some courses and sit examinations. Contact details for Suffolk schools are available on the Suffolk County Council website.


14.  Where can I get help and support?

1. Suffolk's Home Education Consultants will be able to give you information about books and websites that are popular with home-educators. Also, a useful resource list can be found by using the following links: Primary age resources list and Secondary age resource list

2. National organisations that support home-educators include:

  • Education Otherwise (www.educationotherwise.org) 
    P.O. Box 3761, Swindon, SN2 9GT, Tel: 0845 478 6345
  • Home Education Advisory Service (www.heas.org.uk)
    P.O. Box 98, Welwyn Garden City, Herts AL8 6AN, Tel: 01707 371854
  • Ed Yourself (http://edyourself.org/)

3. Within Suffolk, several groups of home educators provide activities and support.  Contact details for some of the Suffolk EHE groups can be found at:
http://www.educationotherwise.net/index.php?option=com_contact&view=category&catid=70&Itemid=144

4. A Suffolk-based source of information (run by parents) can be accessed at:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/suffolkhe

5. Department for Education information:
https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-education

6. National Curriculum:
https://www.gov.uk/national-curriculum


15.  Can I arrange work experience?

Electively Home Educated children may take part in work experience that is arranged by their parents. Parents should consider the extent to which their children are covered by the health and safety, child protection and insurance provisions of the workplace.


16.  Further Education/Careers Information for Young People

National Careers Service (https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/Pages/Home.aspx) National careers information and advice helpline: 0800 100 900 (open every day 8am – 10pm).

The Source (Suffolk) 0800 085 4448 (http://www.thesource.me.uk/) The Source website provides access to information and advice on courses, jobs, apprenticeships, careers, money, housing and health for young people.

Contact information for Suffolk Youth Support Workers and Drop-In Centres are available on the ‘The Source’ website.


17.  What do I do if I want to return my child to school?

For various reasons you may decide that your child should return to school and we will always be willing to offer a place for your child at a Suffolk school. If you decide to return your child to school you will need to apply for a place at your preferred school provision. 

Suffolk County Council Admissions Team will provide you with detailed information, advice and guidance on applying for a place, and on the appeals process should admission be refused to a particular school.

Should you have concerns about returning your child to school you may wish to contact the SENDIASS service (01473 265210 during Monday to Friday office hours or email sendiass@suffolk.gov.uk).

Alternatively, you may wish to write to the Elective Home Education department explaining that you have been home educating your child but no longer wish to do so and seek information and advice on returning you child to school.

Elective Home Education
Health, Wellbeing and Children's Services
Suffolk County Council
Endeavour House
8 Russell Road
Ipswich
IP1 2BX

Email: EHE@suffolk.gov.uk


18.  What is ‘Raising the Participation Age (RPA)’?

Parents can electively home educate and provide a suitable education for as long as their child is of compulsory school age.

Some parents have home educated their children beyond the age of 16 in order to comply with the duty of young people (aged 16 and 17) participating in education or employment with training until their 18th birthday.

This duty of participating in education or employment with training (until their child’s 18th birthday) relates to the government initiative known as ‘Raising the Participation Age (RPA)’.

Most children will continue (until their 18th birthday) in education or employment with training through the following programmes of learning:

  1. full-time study in a school, college or with a training provider (at least 540 Guided Learning Hours per year - i.e. 15hrs per week over 36 weeks of an academic year).
  2. full-time work or volunteering (20 hours or more per week for 8 or more consecutive weeks) combined with part-time education or training (at least 280 Guided Learning Hours per year).
  3. an apprenticeship or traineeship.
  4. an engagement programme designed to move the young person into one of the above.

If a 16 or 17 year old is home educated until their 18th birthday, no hourly requirement of education applies. The amount and content of home education is at the discretion of the home educator. However, at this age we would strongly advise the young person seeks advice and guidance that will encourage, enable and assist them to participate in education or employment with training. This support can be sought from our Early Help Specialist Youth Support Service by going to www.thesource.me.uk

We also recommend the following website: www.ICANBEA.org.uk

Below are some links that may assist in discovering further information regarding ‘Raising the Participation Age (RPA)’.

https://www.gov.uk/know-when-you-can-leave-school

https://www.gov.uk/government/policies/increasing-opportunities-for-young-people-and-helping-them-to-achieve-their-potential/supporting-pages/raising-the-participation-age


19.  What are the local authority’s procedures?

Suffolk recognises that there are many, equally valid, approaches to educational provision. What is suitable for one child may not be for another, but all children should be involved in a learning process. Suffolk seeks to provide parents who home educate with information and advice through the work of its Home Education Consultants. Contact details for the consultants are available below.

As well as providing information and advice, consultants help the authority discharge its statutory duties. The government expects that local authorities ‘should make enquiries with parents educating children at home about the educational provision being made for them’ so that the local authorities can ‘determine whether any children who are not pupils at schools, such as those being educated at home, are receiving suitable education’ [Paragraph 87, DCSF (2009) Revised statutory guidance for local authorities in England to identify children not receiving a suitable education].

Our procedures and approach are outlined in the PDF document Suffolk Elective Home Education Procedures.

Contact us

Suffolk seeks to provide parents considering home education with information and advice through the work of its Home Education Consultants. 

For enquiries, or to make contact with the Home Education Consultant for your area, please contact:

Elective Home Education
Health, Wellbeing and Children's Services
Suffolk County Council
Endeavour House
8 Russell Road
Ipswich
IP1 2BX

Telephone: 01473 265139
Email: EHE@suffolk.gov.uk

Information for schools

The law in England allows parents to educate their children at home instead of sending them to school. It is the parents’ responsibility to ensure that their child receives an efficient full time education, suitable to age, ability, and aptitude, and any special needs s/he may have. Parents of a child registered at a maintained or an independent school, must inform the school formally in writing of their intention to de-register (a sample deregistration letter can be found on the Education Otherwise website).

Parents do not have to ask for permission or seek approval to home educate. It does not make a difference if the child has a statement of special needs unless the child is a registered pupil at a special school, in which case the parent must request the consent of the local authority before the child's name can be deleted from the school roll.

Schools must not seek to persuade parents to educate their children at home as a way of avoiding an exclusion or because the child has a poor attendance record. In the case of exclusion, they must follow the statutory guidance. If the pupil has a poor attendance record, the school and local authority must address the issues behind the absenteeism and use the other remedies available to them.

Withdrawal from school to electively home educate

When a school receives written notification from a parent of their intention to home educate their child, it is the responsibility of the school to:

  • acknowledge the parents’ letter in writing and to delete the child’s name from the school register. The local authority (LA) requires the school to do this within 3 working days of receiving the parents’ letter.
  • inform the LA immediately of the removal of the child’s name from the register (Section 12 (3) of 'The Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006'). Schools should inform the LA of the removal of a child’s name from the register by completing the ‘CME Referral Form’ and posting it to:

Children Missing Education Officer for Suffolk
Health, Wellbeing and Children's Services
Suffolk County Council
Endeavour House
Ipswich
IP1 2BX

The ‘CME Referral Form’ can also be emailed to the secure GCSx email address of cme@suffolk.gcsx.gov.uk to comply with the data protection policy. Upon receipt of the CME referral Form, the Elective Home Education team will contact the school and request a copy of the written confirmation from the child’s parents that they have decided to deregister in order to electively home educate, a copy of the child’s latest school report and a completed Form 1: ‘Notification of Elective Home Education’.  

Withdrawal from a special school to electively home educate

Local authorities may encourage parents to inform them directly of the withdrawal of a child from school, but have no legal right to insist that parents do so. The only exception to this is where the child is attending a special school under arrangements made by the local authority, in which case additional permission is required from the authority before the child's name can be removed from the register.  When a special school receives written notification from a parent of their intention to home educate their child, it is the responsibility of the school to inform the Elective Home Education department and the Special Needs Officer.

School Attendance Orders

If a child is registered at a school as a result of a school attendance order the parents must have the order revoked by the local authority on the ground that arrangements have been made for the child to receive suitable education otherwise than at school, before the child can be deleted from the school's register and educated at home.

Flexi-schooling

Part time attendance is an arrangement (between the parent and the school) by which the child is registered at school but attends part time; the rest of the time the child is electively home educated. Part time attendance is a legal option, but it depends on the agreement of the head teacher and governing body. The child will be required to follow the National Curriculum whilst at school but not whilst he or she is being electively home educated.

Schools may enter into flexi-schooling arrangements provided they correctly mark children as absent in attendance registers when they are being educated at home.

The GOV.UK web page containing the Home Education Guidelines says "Pupils who are being flexi-schooled should be marked as absent from school during the periods when they are receiving home education."

The GOV.UK home education web page also says "Write to the headteacher if you plan to take your child out of school. They must accept if you’re taking your child out completely. They can refuse if you want to send your child to school some of the time.” 

Elective Home Education

Elective Home Education
Health, Wellbeing and Children's Services
Suffolk County Council
Endeavour House
8 Russell Road
Ipswich
IP1 2BX

Telephone: 01473 265139
Email: EHE@suffolk.gov.uk

College links

Below is a list of colleges and contact details;

West Suffolk College (http://www.westsuffolkcollege.ac.uk/)

Out Risbygate
Bury St Edmunds
Suffolk 
IP33 3RL

Telephone: 01284 716333
Email: info@wsc.ac.uk

Suffolk One (http://www.suffolkone.ac.uk/)

One
Scrivener Drive
Ipswich
Suffolk
IP8 3SU

Main Switchboard: 01473 556600
Email: admin@suffolkone.ac.uk

Easton & Otley College (https://www.eastonotley.ac.uk/)

Otley Campus
Charity Lane
Otley
Ipswich
Suffolk
IP6 9EY

Course enquiries and applications 08000 224556

Easton Campus
Easton
Norwich
Norfolk
NR9 5DX

Course enquiries and applications 08000 224556

College of West Anglia (http://www.cwa.ac.uk/)

The College of West Anglia King's Lynn Campus
Tennyson Avenue
King's Lynn 
Norfolk 
PE30 2QW

Telephone: 01553 761144
Email: enquiries@col-westanglia.ac.uk

The College of West Anglia Cambridge Campus
Landbeach Road
Milton
Cambridgeshire 
CB24 6DB

Telephone: 01223 860701
Email: enquiries@col-westanglia.ac.uk

Suffolk New College (http://www.suffolk.ac.uk/)

Rope Walk
Ipswich
Suffolk
IP4 1LT

Telephone: 01473 382200

Gt. Yarmouth College (http://www.gyc.ac.uk/)

Great Yarmouth College
Suffolk Road
Southtown
Great Yarmouth
Norfolk
NR31 0ED

Email: info@gyc.ac.uk
Telephone: 01493 655261

Norwich City College (http://www.ccn.ac.uk/)

City College Norwich
Ipswich Road
Norwich
NR2 2LJ

Email: information@ccn.ac.uk
Telephone: 01603 773311

Lowestoft College (www.lowestoft.ac.uk)

Lowestoft College
St. Peter's Street
Lowestoft
Suffolk
NR32 2NB

General Enquiries: 01502 583521
Course Enquiries: 0800 854 695

Useful downloads

Latest news and events

Elective Home Education drop in sessions

Are you currently home educating your child(ren)?

Would you like the opportunity to talk about any issues you have with home education?

The Suffolk Elective Home Education Team will be available at the following sessions:

Ipswich

County Library, Northgate Street, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 3DE

  • Tuesday 29 October 2019 - 11:00am-12:30pm
  • Tuesday 16 June 2020 - 11:00am-12:30pm

Felixstowe

Felixstowe Library, Crescent Road, Felixstowe, Suffolk, IP11 7BY

  • Tuesday 10 March 2020 - 11:00am-12:30pm

Bury St Edmunds

Bury St Edmunds Library, Sargeants Walk, St Andrews Street North, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP33 1TZ

  • Friday 8 November 2019 - 11:00am-12:30pm
  • Friday 19 June 2020 - 11:00am-12:30pm

Stowmarket

Stowmarket Library, Milton Road, Stowmarket, Suffolk, IP14 1EX

  • Thursday 12 March 2020 - 11:00am-12:30pm

Lowestoft

Lowestoft Library, Clapham Road South, Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR32 1DR

  • Tuesday 5 November 2019 - 10:30am-12:30pm
  • Tuesday 3 March 2020 - 10:30am-12:30pm
  • Tuesday 9 June 2020 - 10:30am-12:30pm

Just come along - no appointment necessary.

For further information email ehe@suffolk.gov.uk.


Young people in Suffolk can now access free online counselling 

A new online counselling and emotional wellbeing support service for young people aged 11 – 18 years (up to 19th birthday) is being launched on World Mental Health Day. Called ‘Kooth’, it offers young people in Suffolk, free, safe and anonymous online counselling, 365 days a year, from 12 noon until 10 pm weekdays and from 6pm until 10pm weekends.

The service has been commissioned by NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk and NHS West Suffolk clinical commissioning groups, and has been implemented as part of Suffolk's Children & Young People's Emotional Wellbeing Plan 2020 to improve local mental health services.

A new Kooth Integration and Participation Worker will be available to deliver free presentations on Kooth to young people and professionals across Suffolk. Contact sclark@xenzone.com

To find out more about Kooth, go to www.kooth.com


Home Education Youth Allotment Sessions

Free weekly youth allotment activities with the YMCA Shine Project.


You can experience new things, gain confidence, learn new skills, speak out about yourself and stand up for young people.

View the poster


Vaccination changes for 2019-20

An update on the changes to the childhood immmunisation schedule that the School Immunistation Team will be offering from September 2019

Find out more


Dyslexia Awareness week workshops for parents

The presentation will be led by specialist teachers and will focus on top tips to support their child with reading, spelling, writing, working memory, organisation, time and the use of ICT. 

There will be a range of resources for parents look at and a chance to ask questions.

10th October 2019, 10am to 12.30pm

Blackbourne Centre, Bury St Edmunds

Please see the flyer


Friends of S.E.N.D. - Lowestoft Library

A closed session for children of any age with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities and their Parents and Carers.

Fortnightly Saturdays (next session 13 July 2019)

9:00am-10:30am

Children's Library, Lowestoft Library


Bronze Arts Award Film Project run by Gainsborough’s House and Offshoot Foundation

Monday 5 August 2019 - Friday 9 August 2019

9.30am–4.30pm

The Quay Theatre, Quay Lane, Sudbury

Have fun and gain your Bronze Arts Award in the process. Learn new skills whilst making films about the life and times of Suffolk artist Thomas Gainsborough.

To book a place or find out more contact admin@theoffshootfoundation.org

View the flyer for more information


Suffolk’s SEND Strategy 2017-2020 - Parent Carer Update

A regular update for parents and carers to keep you informed about what we’re doing to implement Suffolk’s SEND Strategy. Issued on behalf of Suffolk County Council, the NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk, NHS West Suffolk and NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney clinical commissioning groups, and Suffolk Parent Carer Network.

Read the update here


New SEND Support & ASD factsheets on the Suffolk Local Offer website

To help children, young people and their families source support for their needs, two new factsheets are now available on the landing page for Education of the Suffolk Local Offer website. The factsheets have been co-produced by Suffolk Parent Carer Network (SPCN), the County Inclusion Support Service (CISS) and East Coast Community Healthcare to provide information that can be downloaded and printed out.

The ASD Factsheet is a simple two-sided guide covering what ASD can look like, what to do if you think your child needs to be assessed, strategies schools can use to support children with ASD and strategies that might be useful in the home. It will also guide you to Suffolk-specific information and services.
 
The SEND Support Factsheet clarifies some of the information in the SEND Code of Practice on what support can be expected from a child’s school, and what to do when they can’t meet needs.
 
If you have any queries, please email localoffer@suffolk.gov.uk


Measles, Mumps & Rubella Vaccination

The World Health Organisation is warning of a 300% increase in measles cases across Europe, and in the UK, measles cases are higher than in previous years.  Measles usually causes a runny nose, red eyes, cough, high temperature and rash. It can also cause complications including ear infections, diarrhoea, pneumonia and convulsions.  Very serious complications, such as inflammation of the brain (encephalitis) are rare, but can be fatal. 

Read the letter from the Schools Immunisation Team


Meningitis ACWY and Tetanus, Diphtheria & Polio Vaccinations

As a result of a continuing increase in the number of cases of Meningococcal W (MenW) disease over recent years, the MenACWY vaccine is being offered to year 9 students in schools.

Read the letter from the Schools Immunisation Team


Suffolk SENDIASS Summer term workshops for parents and carers

Bookings are now being taken for free workshops across Suffolk, for parents and carers including: 

  • SEN Support in Schools and other settings
  • Making Meetings Matter
  • Empower Your Child
  • EHC plans

Parents and carers can find further information and book via Eventbrite


Suffolk Skills Show 2019 – Save the date!

16th October 2019, Trinity Park will welcome the 6th annual Skills Show

This fantastic work inspiration event for 11-24 year olds features around 100 employers and providers in one place talking about further and higher education, potential careers and opportunities.

• Booking essential, with details released shortly.
• Please save the date in your calendars
• Urgent queries to: suffolkskillsfestival@trinityparkevents.co.uk


Letter FAO parents/carers - HPV programme for year 8 & 9 girls - date of birth 01/09/04 - 31/08/06

View letter re: HPV programme for year 8 & 9 girls


Childhood Flu Vaccination

The school-based nasal flu vaccination programme helps protect your child against flu. Flu can be a dangerous illness and sometimes causes serious complications. 

All home educated children within the date of birth range: 01/09/08 – 31/08/14 are entitled to the vaccination free, from the NHS.

Read the letter from the Schools Immunisation Team


30-day What’s Up Challenge to support young people’s emotional wellbeing

The Source – for young people in Suffolk, are posting out daily challenges via Facebook and Twitter that supports young people’s emotional wellbeing, helping them to feel happier and energised for the year ahead.

The challenges are inspired by the ‘five ways to wellbeing’ which are known to support your emotional health. These are – ‘Be Active’, ‘Give’, ‘Keep Learning’, ‘Take Notice’ and ‘Connect with others’, and consist of 30 feel good things that young people can do to help with low mood, stress, or anxiety.

Whether they choose to complete some or all, we hope the challenges will help support young people’s wellbeing, allowing them the opportunity to talk about what’s on their mind, to try new things, and generally have fun taking part with friends and family.
The 30 day What’s Up Challenge started on Monday 29th January, but young people can join in at any point.

To see the challenges, visit: http://www.thesource.me.uk/health/30-day-whats-up-challenge/

If you know a young person who might be interested in taking part, they can follow us on Facebook @thesourcewebsite and Twitter @sourcesuffolk


Triple P Programme:

West Suffolk College is offering a short course comprised of 4 one day sessions.

The course concentrates on maths and English and helps prepare students for qualification courses (including GCSE maths & English).  A set of explanatory notes is shown below, as is a ‘How to Enrol’ briefing.

Explanatory notes
Enrolment briefing

West Suffolk College is also offering maths & English courses, including GCSE, exclusively for EHE students.  The courses will run on a one day per week basis (starting in September). The courses are available in both Bury St Edmunds and in Ipswich.  Application is available by following this link: http://www.westsuffolkcollege.ac.uk/courses/course-search.aspx?ke=Home+Educated.


Work Experience Opportunity - Ipswich and Colchester Musuems Service Work Experience for Years 10-12:

Placements are open to any young person between years 10-12, including home educated, and further details can be found on the website:

https://cimuseums.org.uk/what-we-do/get-involved/work-experience/

Follow @ColMuseums/ @IpswichMuseums on Twitter or Colchester Museums/ Ipswich Borough Council on facebook for updates on our forthcoming work experience opportunities.

In the meantime, there is a page on the website dedicated to museum roles, which home educating parents might find helpful:

https://cimuseums.org.uk/what-we-do/transformmuseums/our-team/


New Emotional Wellbeing Gateway for parents, carers, and professionals:

Families and professionals looking for emotional wellbeing and mental health support for children and young people, can find practical advice and local support services online through the new Emotional Wellbeing Gateway.

To visit the new Emotional Wellbeing Gateway, go to: http://infolink.suffolk.gov.uk/emotionalwellbeinggateway


School Immunisation Service

Suffolk School Immunisation Team offers school-aged children their eligible vaccinations, including nasal flu, HPV, the teenage booster and Meningitis ACWY. Age groups vary each year. Elective home educated children are entitled to these vaccinations, which are not available at GP surgeries routinely. For more information, please contact the team via email: ccs-tr.suffolkimmsteam@nhs.net or telephone 01473 599140.

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