Budget for Elective Home Education

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Fiona Nicholson

Dear Cambridgeshire County Council,

Please could you tell me the following:

1/ Where elective home education currently sits in your authority
2/ Which line in the s251 table included an allocation for elective
home education services in a/ 2013-14 and b/ 2014-15
3/ What is the budget sum allocated to elective home education
services for the current year
4/ What is the forward budget sum allocated to elective home
education services for the next financial year

Yours faithfully,

Fiona Nicholson

FOI, Cambridgeshire County Council

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Dear Families Information Service,

That's great, thank you very much.

Yours sincerely,

Fiona Nicholson

M Holmes left an annotation ()

My goodness!

So, HE is dumped into "Enhanced and Preventative Services" by the LA?

The LA have a document published online called 'Early Help'. It describes the function of Enhanced and Preventative Services and offers a list of those needing its intervention. I wonder which of these categories it considers HE to be in.

Three guesses anyone?

"Key vulnerable groups that have been identified as needing a targeted service are children,
young people and families who
• live in communities with high levels of deprivation
• have attendance, behaviour issues or are at risk of exclusion
• are at risk of not participating
• are at risk of not being in education, employment or training at 16 or 18
• are young parents
• are engaging in risky behaviour
• have a Learning Difficulty and / or Disability (LDD)
• are Looked After Children/Care Leavers
• are Young Carers
• are at risk of becoming homeless "

Thank you so much for making this information available, Ms Nicholson

What a pity that progress is so slow in an otherwise forward-thinking county. I'd be interested to hear more of the LA's attitude towards home education and alternative learning, if only in the hope of change one day.

Fiona Nicholson left an annotation ()

LAs put home education into all kinds of areas eg Education Welfare, School Improvement, Vulnerable Groups etc, it depends where they can scrape together a bit of funding for the job.

I've collected nation-wide information here and will provide a spreadsheet when the last few answers are in http://edyourself.org/articles/costhomee...