Educational concerns

J Carter made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Derbyshire County Council

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Dear Derbyshire County Council,

A) Can you please categorise how those known to the team dealing with elective home education became known? E.g. School, Doctor, self-referral, concerns about the educational provision reported etc.

i) Does the local authority seek to satisfy itself that the educational provision the parent(s) are providing is suitable to the child's age, aptitude, ability and any SEN as soon as they become aware that parents are electively home educating, regardless of how they become known to the local authority?

ii) How many instances have there been in the years (from January 1st to December 31st) 2015, 2016, 2017 and to the date of this FOI where the person dealing with elective home education has or has had concerns that a 'suitable' education is not being provided?

B) I would also appreciate it if this information could be broken down into categories:

1) whether they feel that no education is taking place?
2) whether they feel that the philosophy of education is inadequate - for example in the case of autonomous or child led learning, that the particular child is not appearing to be learning 'enough'?
3) whether there are concerns because the family have not implemented a structured approach?
4) or whether the fact that the national Curriculum is not being followed is causing concern?
5) a qualified third party is not involved in the child’s education?
6) An educational report has not been provided by a third party such as; a teacher etc.

C) I would like to know of these children, how many of these concerns were proven?

i) Of the children in the above 4 categories, please indicate if further steps have or are being taken - for example, referred to CME or issued with a School Attendance Order. Please break it down into each year asked for.

ii) Please indicate how many of these went to court in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

iii) Please also indicate if any Education Supervision Orders are currently in court for this population?

Finally, please provide all recorded documentation relating to elective home education including policies, procedures (2013 - present) and recorded communications relating to elective home education (2016 - present), including any e-mail attachments. This does not include communications between the Elective Home Education team and electively home educating parents.

Yours faithfully,

J Carter

Access 2 Info (Commissioning Communities and Policy), Derbyshire County Council

Dear J. Carter,

I write to acknowledge receipt of your request for information received on the 17 February 2018.

We will be processing your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. In accordance with the legislation, the deadline for responding is 20 working days from the receipt of the request, this being 16 March 2018. However, we shall endeavour to deal with your request promptly, and if possible before this date.

Yours Sincerely,

Justin Hird
Legal Assistant
For John McElvaney
Director of Legal Services
Derbyshire County Council
County Hall
Matlock
DE4 3AG

Telephone: 01629 539336

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CS DP and FOI (Childrens Services), Derbyshire County Council

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Dear J Carter

 

Thank you for your information request dated 19^th February 2018. I can
confirm that we do hold the requested information. The request has been
considered under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.  The response to
your request is as follows:

 

A)   Can you please categorise how those known to the team dealing with
elective home education became known? E.g. School, Doctor, self-referral,
concerns about the educational provision reported etc.

We do not analyse this information. Schools complete some information to
inform us at the point of removal from school roll. In addition, we follow
up any other reported EHE from parents, other professionals &  members of
the public.

 

 

i)             Does the local authority seek to satisfy itself that the
educational provision the parent(s) are providing is suitable to the
child's age, aptitude, ability and any SEN as soon as they become aware
that parents are electively home educating, regardless of how they become
known to the local authority?

Yes

 

ii)            How many instances have there been in the years (from
January 1st to December 31st) 2015, 2016, 2017 and to the date of this FOI
where the person dealing with elective home education has or has had
concerns that a 'suitable' education is not being provided?

In the period 2015-16, the records were not collated. In the 2017 calendar
year, there were 30 referrals made regarding concerns about unsuitable
home education.

 

 

B) I would also appreciate it if this information could be broken down
into categories:

 

1) whether they feel that no education is taking place?

2) whether they feel that the philosophy of education is inadequate - for
example in the case of autonomous or child led learning, that the
particular child is not appearing to be learning 'enough'?

3) whether there are concerns because the family have not implemented a
structured approach?

4) or whether the fact that the national Curriculum is not being followed
is causing concern?

5) a qualified third party is not involved in the child’s education?

6) An educational report has not been provided by a third party such as; a
teacher etc.

 

In relation to question B 1-6, the information is not held in a reportable
format. To extract the data would involve a manual search of 170 Elective
Home Education records, based on 15 minutes per case would be in excess of
18 hours.  This part of your request is exempt under s12 of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000, whereby a public authority does not have to comply
with the request if the cost of compliance exceeds £450.

 

 

C) I would like to know of these children, how many of these concerns were
proven?

 

i)             Of the children in the above 4 categories, please indicate
if further steps have or are being taken - for example, referred to CME or
issued with a School Attendance Order. Please break it down into each year
asked for.

Please see table below

 

ii)            Please indicate how many of these went to court in 2015,
2016 and 2017.

Please see table below

 

iii)           Please also indicate if any Education Supervision Orders
are currently in court for this population?

Please see table below

 

Please note that numbers of less than 5 (<5) are exempt under S40(2) of
the Freedom of Information Act and are not included so as not to make
individuals identifiable.

 

 

  ACADEMIC ACADEMIC ACADEMIC
YEAR YEAR YEAR
  15/16 16/17 17/18
School 9 18 11
Attendance
Order
process
started
School <5 0 0
Attendance
Order
prosecutions
Education 0 0 0
Supervision
Order

 

 

Finally, please provide all recorded documentation relating to elective
home education including policies, procedures (2013 - present) and
recorded communications relating to elective home education (2016 -
present), including any e-mail attachments. This does not include
communications between the Elective Home Education team and electively
home educating parents.

 

Attached is Derbyshire County Council’s Guidance for parents “Derbyshire
Approach to EHE -2011 Final  Version March 2011”.

 

 

I hope this now deals with your request for information. However should
you wish the outcome to be reviewed, please follow the procedure as set
out below;

 

Stage 1:

In the first instance, please send in your comments, and wherever
possible, a copy of your request and the covering letter enclosing the
information or refusing your request to:

 

Access to Information Solicitor

Legal Services

Derbyshire County Council

County Hall

Matlock

DE4 3AG

Email: [1][Derbyshire County Council request email]

 

Please ensure that correspondence is marked as “Request for a review of my
Freedom of Information Act / Environmental Information Regulations
request”, and bears any case references you have been given.   

 

Stage 2:

After completing the above procedure, if you wish to challenge the
decision further, then you have a right to contact the Information
Commissioner’s Office as follows: 

Information Commissioner’s Office

Wycliffe House

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Wilmslow

Cheshire

SK9 5AF

 

Tel. 0303 123 1113/ Fax: 01625 524510

 

ICO Weblink: [2]http://www.ico.org.uk/complaints.aspx

 

 

Kind regards

 

Julie Yates

 

 

Julie Yates | Management Information Officer | SAR / FOI Team |
Information & ICT | Children’s Services | Derbyshire County Council |
County Hall, Matlock, Derbyshire DE4 3AG | Tel: 01629 538853 / 531226

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