Dear Hertfordshire 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

Information Governance,

3 Atodiad

Dear J Carter

 

Reference number: FOI/CSF/02/17/15044

 

Thank you for your correspondence of the  26^th February 2018 requesting
the following information:

 

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.

 

Your request for information is being considered under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000.  We will respond to your request as quickly as
possible, and by close of 23 March 2018 at the latest.

 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me, quoting
the reference number above.

 

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

 

Victoria Hooper

Information Access Team

Hertfordshire County Council

Telephone: 01992 555848 (25848) 

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

 

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Information Governance,

3 Atodiad

Dear J Carter

 

Reference number: FOI/CSF/02/17/15044

 

On 26^th February 2018 we received the following request for information
from you:

 

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.

 

Your request for information has been considered under the Freedom of
Information Act. I can confirm that Hertfordshire County Council does
hold  the information you have requested and can respond as follows:

 

 

We estimate that the cost of carrying out this work would exceed the
appropriate limit of £450, which has been specified under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 and associated regulations.

 

For question A) ii) alone, Elected Home Education (EHE) pupils are
recorded by academic year rather than calendar year. There are 1368
children files for the year 2016/17 alone and each of these individual
record would need to be looked through to locate the information
requested. This would take an officer 5 min per record to read each file.

 

This represents the estimated cost of one person spending 114 hours
working days in determining whether Hertfordshire County Council holds the
information, and locating, retrieving and extracting the information.
Under Section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 we are not obliged
to comply with requests for information which exceed this appropriate
limit, and will not be undertaking this additional work.

 

If you would like to consider reducing your request in the light of this
response I can confirm that we can answer question A.  

 

To advise and assistant you with the information requested HCC can confirm
that where we have concerns that education may not be in place, we would
not look at EHE in the terms described in categories 2 – 6, however we
would be concerned with category 1.  

 

 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me, quoting
the reference above. To find out more about Freedom of Information, please
visit [1]http://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/your-cou...

 

If you are unhappy with the way the County Council has handled your
request for information you may request an internal review of the request.
This will be carried out by a member of the County Council Legal Services
Team, who has had no prior involvement with the request. Requests for an
internal review should be sent to the Information Governance Unit at the
address above.

 

If you are unhappy with the outcome of the internal review you are
entitled to ask the Information Commissioner to investigate your
complaint. You should write to: FOI/EIR Complaints Resolution, Information
Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9
5AF.

 

 

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

 

 

Victoria Hooper

Information Access Team

Hertfordshire County Council

Telephone: 01992 555848 (25848) 

Email: [2][Hertfordshire County Council request email]

 

The Information Access Team supports Hertfordshire County Council's
Freedom of Information and Environmental Information Regulations activity.

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Dear Information Governance,

Revised FOI.

A) Can you please categorise how those known to the team dealing with elective home education became known (2017 - present)? 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 from June 2016 - present where the person dealing with elective home education has or has had concerns that a 'suitable' education is not being provided?

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

i) Of the children above 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 2017 - Present.

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 (2016 - present) and recorded communications relating to elective home education (2017 -
present), including any e-mail attachments. This does not include communications between the Elective Home Education team and electively home educating parents.

Yours sincerely,

J Carter

Information Governance,

3 Atodiad

Dear J Carter

 

Reference number: FOI/CSF/03/18/15151

 

Thank you for your correspondence of the 8^th March 2018  requesting the
following information:

 

A) Can you please categorise how those known to the team dealing with
elective home education became known (2017 - present)? 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 from June 2016 - present where the
person dealing with elective home education has or has had concerns that a
'suitable' education is not being provided?

 

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

 

i) Of the children above 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 2017 - Present.

 

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 (2016 - present) and
recorded communications relating to elective home education (2017 -
present), including any e-mail attachments. This does not include
communications between the Elective Home Education team and electively
home educating parents.

 

Your request for information is being considered under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000.  We will respond to your request as quickly as
possible, and by close of 6^th April 2018 at the latest.

 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me, quoting
the reference number above.

 

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

 

Victoria Hooper

Information Access Team

Hertfordshire County Council

Telephone: 01992 555848 (25848) 

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

 

The Information Access Team supports Hertfordshire County Council's
Freedom of Information and Environmental Information Regulations activity.

Hertfordshire - County of Opportunity

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intended for the addressee only unless explicitly stated. If you have
received this message in error it must be deleted and the sender notified.
The views expressed in this message are personal and not necessarily those
of Hertfordshire County Council unless explicitly stated. Please be aware
that emails sent to or received from Hertfordshire County Council may be
intercepted and read by the council. Interception will only occur to
ensure compliance with council policies or procedures or regulatory
obligations, to prevent or deter crime, or for the purposes of essential
maintenance or support of the email system.

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Information Governance,

3 Atodiad

Dear J Carter

 

Reference number: FOI/CSF/03/18/15151

 

On 8^th March 2018 we received the following request for information from
you:

 

A) Can you please categorise how those known to the team dealing with
elective home education became known (2017 - present)? 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 from June 2016 - present where the
person dealing with elective home education has or has had concerns that a
'suitable' education is not being provided?

 

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

 

i) Of the children above 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 2017 - Present.

 

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 (2016 - present) and
recorded communications relating to elective home education (2017 -
present), including any e-mail attachments. This does not include
communications between the Elective Home Education team and electively
home educating parents.

 

Your request for information has been considered under the Freedom of
Information Act. I can confirm that Hertfordshire County Council does
hold  the information you have requested and can respond as follows:

 

 

We estimate that the cost of carrying out this work would exceed the
appropriate limit of £450, which has been specified under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 and associated regulations.

 

For question A) ii) alone, we are not required to specifically report this
information, however it would be recorded in each child’s individual file
if relevant.  We have almost 1200 children who have been/are elective home
educated ( EHE) during the time period and each of these individual
records would need to be looked through to locate the information
requested. This would take an officer 5 min per record to read each file.

 

This represents the estimated cost of one person spending 100 hours
working days in determining whether Hertfordshire County Council holds the
information, and locating, retrieving and extracting the information.
Under Section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 we are not obliged
to comply with requests for information which exceed this appropriate
limit, and will not be undertaking this additional work.

 

If you would like to consider reducing your request in the light of this
response I can confirm that we can answer question A and Ai), B (ii) and
B(iii).

 

 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me, quoting
the reference above. To find out more about Freedom of Information, please
visit [1]http://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/your-cou...

 

If you are unhappy with the way the County Council has handled your
request for information you may request an internal review of the request.
This will be carried out by a member of the County Council Legal Services
Team, who has had no prior involvement with the request. Requests for an
internal review should be sent to the Information Governance Unit at the
address above.

 

If you are unhappy with the outcome of the internal review you are
entitled to ask the Information Commissioner to investigate your
complaint. You should write to: FOI/EIR Complaints Resolution, Information
Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9
5AF.

 

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

Victoria Hooper

Information Access Team

Hertfordshire County Council

Telephone: 01992 555848 (25848) 

Email: [2][Hertfordshire County Council request email]

 

The Information Access Team supports Hertfordshire County Council's
Freedom of Information and Environmental Information Regulations activity.

Hertfordshire - County of Opportunity

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intended for the addressee only unless explicitly stated. If you have
received this message in error it must be deleted and the sender notified.
The views expressed in this message are personal and not necessarily those
of Hertfordshire County Council unless explicitly stated. Please be aware
that emails sent to or received from Hertfordshire County Council may be
intercepted and read by the council. Interception will only occur to
ensure compliance with council policies or procedures or regulatory
obligations, to prevent or deter crime, or for the purposes of essential
maintenance or support of the email system.

References

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