All procedural documents relating to the council's dealings with home educating parents

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Dear Liverpool City Council,

I would be grateful if, under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act, you would provide me with all the procedural and policy documents that the council has produced, relating to its dealings with home educating parents. Specifically, but not limited to, the work flow of how a school is required to respond to a deregistration letter, which council teams subsequently approaches the parent in question, and what expectations are made of those parents by those staff.

Yours faithfully,

Ruth A Jump

Children and Young Peoples Service, Liverpool City Council

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Fiona Nicholson left an annotation ()

Intrigued by a few points:
"If however the pupil has an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP)/statement the school must inform the local authority before
the child can be deleted from the roll. The local authority would then call a review of EHCP/Statement to ensure the EHE provision is suitable to that child’s particular needs. " The LA does not appear to have provided a legal reference for this?

"Guidance recommends that schools allow a period of 20 school days for any change of mind before finally closing down the pupil’s place at the school – this period would however have to be marked as an authorised absence. " Do we know which guidance this might be?

"In some cases schools continue to support EHE pupils ( provision of work) even though they are no longer on the register. "
I don't understand how this might work. Is anyone aware of such cases?

Ruth A Jump left an annotation ()

The first two aren't terribly surprising, based on what I'm hearing on the ground when people deregister - that's why I wanted to see the documents in the first place.

The third is just weird.

Fiona Nicholson left an annotation ()

You might not be surprised that this confirms practice on the ground but ... what's the authority for it?