Home education

Support we can offer

We will contact you once you have decided to home educate your child, and will offer you an appointment for an informal conversation about your decision to choose elective home education.

Many of our home educating families welcome and benefit from our advice, and it is our intention to establish a supportive relationship with them.

Thurrock libraries – places to study and resources to use

Thurrock Libraries offer a wide range of services for children, young people and their families. Books and story CDs encourage reading and enhance reading for pleasure at all ages. Your library can also provide public computer access.

You and your children can access the full range of our library services with a ticket allowing you each to borrow up to 14 items at any one time. Our library reservation system can get items for you from other libraries, even those outside Thurrock, and have them delivered to your local library.

Further education, careers advice and work

Thurrock Careers service offers impartial information and advice. Young people can talk to personal advisers about career pathways, including routes into further education, apprenticeships or work with training. We offer a drop-in service that helps young people to make informed choices about their future.

Thurrock Careers
Inspire Youth Hub, 24-28 Orsett Road, Grays, RM17 5EB

: 01375 413 735

: thurrockcareers@thurrock.gov.uk

Email or telephone from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

Inspire Youth Hub is open for visits from Tuesday to Friday, 9:30am to 4:30pm.

Deciding to have your child educated at school

If you decide you want to return your child to school, our fair access protocol supports your child’s return to their previous school. You can apply for a place at an alternative school but you should be aware that:

  • there can be no guarantee of an available place
  • if a place can be offered, it's unlikely you will qualify for help with transport

Our School Admissions team will be able to advise you further.

Similarly, if your child has not been in the school system and you now want them to be, you can find out about the availability of places by contacting our School Admissions team.