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11 September 2017

Essex County Council (normal opening hours: 8.30am – 5.00pm, Monday to Friday)
Please contact us by:



Family Solutions is aimed at helping families with a range of issues on a voluntary basis. They work with families for up to 12 months by helping them identify their own solutions to their problems.


Children's Social Care has information on how Children's Social Care support the care of children in Essex, including advice for parents, carers and families.


Essex Local Offer has information about the services and support that is available within Essex for children and young people with special educational needs and disability. 


Statutory Assessment Service  is responsible for considering a formal Education Health Care Plan of a child's special educational needs. Parents/carers can talk to a member of staff about the criteria, timescales or any concerns regarding the assessment process. Click here if you would like further information relating to this service. provides a guide to the health services available to children living within Mid, South and West Essex.


Department for Education
Castle View House East Lane
0870 001 2345

Education Otherwise

 PO Box 3761

0845 478 6345
Home Education Advisory Service
PO Box 98
Welwyn Garden City
Tel: 01707 371854

Free educational resources

A collection of key educational websites which families who are home-educating their children may wish to access:


  • – support, advice and information for home educators within the UK
  • – resources that have been shared by a group of home educating parents for home educating parents
  • – parents can access free lesson plans, activity ideas and resources in a number of subject areas that are relevant for primary age children
  • - a website where parents and children can access free online games, songs, stories and activities for children to have fun and learn English too
  • - the BBC Learning website with primary and secondary resources which are available for all children, whether educated at school or otherwise
  • – online education resources for educators of primary and secondary age children
  •– a website where parents may access a variety of educational resources, including lesson plans or resources for specific topics of interest
  • – a website dedicated to providing free printable resources for those responsible for teaching children and young people with special educational needs
  •– a home education consultancy site providing updates on key areas of practice and policy relating to elective home education



GCSE examination boards

1 Hills Road
Tel: 01223 553998


190 High Holborn
0845 6180440


Stag Hill House
Tel: 01483 506506

Correspondence courses

National Extension College
The Michael Young Centre, Purbeck Road
Tel: 01223 400200
Oxford Open Learning
4 Kings Meadow
OX 2 0DP
01865 798022

Further help after school age

The statutory school leaving date is the last Friday in June of the academic year in which pupils reach the age of 16. After this date they may enter full-time employment. Young people who have been educated at home are fully entitled to undertake further education college courses. Please be aware, however, that many courses have specific entry requirements, such as GCSE passes.
  • National careers service provides valuable advice about post-16 options and aims to ease the transition between formal education and further education or work.
  • – a useful site for parents or young people wishing to access information and advice on the national apprenticeship service
  • UCAS – a website which advises young people/parents on how to access higher education courses

Employability and skills

The Employability and Skills Intervention Team work with young people who are NEET (not in education, employment or training) or at risk of NEET. If you're home educated and in year 11 (aged 15 or 16), please feel free to contact the team to look at your post-16 options, including:
  • Career Guidance and your future plans
  • Building your confidence in job search techniques including interview skills;
  • Writing your CV
  • Applying for jobs, training and college courses
  • Access to regular feeds of jobs, short courses, apprenticeship and traineeship information.


Basildon, Brentwood, Canvey, Rayleigh and Rochford

Tel: 03330 139842


Chelmsford, Braintree, Witham and Maldon

Tel: 03330 138960


Colchester, Clacton, Harwich

Tel: 03330 138961


Harlow, Epping and Uttlesford

Tel: 03330 138962



General help with legal rights

For independent advice on education rights for you and your child the following contact details may be of help:
ACE Education Advice
36 Nicholay Road
N19 3EZ
Freephone: 0300 0115 142
Coram Children's Legal Centre
University of Essex
Wivenhoe Park
Tel: 01206 877910



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