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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:

Find out the latest advice and information about Coronavirus in Torbay

Covid 19 resources for Schools, Parent and Carers in relation to children and young people who have SEND


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.

Home Education Guidelines
A guide to help parents/carers understand what may be involved if they are considering electively home educating their child outside the school system

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  This can be downloaded by clinking on the tab below.

Download the home education voluntary registration form 

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

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. 

Hope programme - parents wellbeing course

Take control of your health & wellbeing - for parents caring for children over 4 yrs old. To register or more info, please call 01803 210493 or email 

Real Life English

Free courses in English for speakers of other languages.

Doorstep Arts 

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.


Please see further information please see Unleashed Theatre Company TORBAY | Facebook or for the registration form for the NEW FREE Youth Choir in the downloads section of this webpage. The Youth Choir will be for 11 - 18 year olds. It will run every Thursday after school from 4.30-6.30 from Thursday 9th June. The Youth Choir will be involved in the Unleashed Teatre Company's next big production "Under One Roof 3" at the Princess Theatre on the 16th October.

Play Torbay Adventure playgrounds Free Play Sessions - book your spaces early to avoid disappointment

Healthy Holidays - Holiday activities and food programme 2022 (HAF)

Free activities with lunch included for children aged 5 to 16 years who are eligible for benefits-related free school meals. 

Orchard Forest School events and activities at Lupton House

  • Half term Julilee Forest School Sessions
  • Home Ed’s Go Wild Tuesday 7th Sept 12.30-2.30pm - pay on the day

For more info including costs of each event and how to book spaces please see Orchard Forest School - Home | Facebook or contact

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

Other Details

Local Offer


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.

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.

SEND Support resources for pupils/students with Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN) 

Resources for understanding and supporting Children and Young People with Autism