Concerns about Suitability of Elective Home Education Provision

L Thorn made this Freedom of Information request to Somerset County Council

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From: L Thorn

6 August 2009

Dear Sir or Madam,

I read that you had 249 children registered as Electively Home
Educated in 2009. This request concerns children currently
registered as receiving EHE in Somerset - for the purposes
of this FOI request , these children are either de-registered from
a school or have never been registered with a school.

Please could you confirm the figure of 249 receiving EHE in
Somerset, and for those children, answer the following questions:

A) I would like to know of these children how many are there where
the visiting person has concerns that a 'suitable' education is
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
particular child is not appearing to be learning 'enough'?

3. whether there are concerns because the family have not
implemented a structured approached?

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

C)If there are children in the above 4 categories , please indicate
if further steps are being taken- for example ,issuance of a School
Attendance Order?

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

E) Please can you confirm whether any children who fit into the
above categories of concern about 'educational provision
suitability' would also therefore be referred to Social Services?

F) Lastly is it possible in your Local Authority that Social
Services are involved with a family but that The EHE department do
not know of this involvement (This involvement would be on an
on-going basis rather than a one off referral which is found to be
of no genuine concern)

Yours faithfully,

L Thorn

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From: Somerset Direct - Generic
Somerset County Council

7 August 2009

Dear Sir/Madam,

Thank you for your email.

I have logged your request with our FOI officer who will respond to your
enquiry within 20 working days.

Your reference number is 220674.

Yours sincerely
Sal Khan
Generic Team - Somerset Direct
The Deane House
Belvedere Road
Taunton
TA1 1HE
Tel Number: 0845 345 9166
[email address]

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Taunton Deane Borough Council & Avon and Somerset Police.

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From: EDUC/ FOI
Somerset County Council

7 August 2009

Dear L Thorn

Thank you for your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. We
are now able to proceed with the search and will advise you as soon as
possible when the information is available and whether we can disclose it
to you under the Act.

Once the information has been identified, we may ask that a fee be paid to
cover the copying of the material if substantial.

Yours sincerely

Liz May

E-Learning & Information Management Group

Children & Young People's Directorate

Somerset County Council

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From: EDUC/ FOI
Somerset County Council

3 September 2009

Dear L Thorn

Thank you for your recent request for information from Somerset County
Council under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

The figure of 249 children registered as EHE was a snapshot figure given
at a particular moment in time. The figure changes weekly as children
return to school or come out of school and into EHE.

A) I would like to know of these children how many are there where the
visiting person has concerns that a 'suitable' education is being
provided?

We do not store this information at present so we cannot report on it. If
there is a case where the visiting person has concerns, they would make a
referral through the channels listed below.

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?

As A. above.

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

We are not concerned with the philosophy of education just whether the
child or young person is receiving an education.

3. whether there are concerns because the family have not implemented a
structured approached?

Currently a "structured approach" is not a requirement of families who are
EHE. Our concern is whether the child or young person was receiving an
education.

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

Currently following the National Curriculum is not a requirement of
families who are EHE. Our concern would be whether the child or young
person was receiving an education.

C)If there are children in the above 4 categories , please indicate if
further steps are being taken- for example ,issuance of a School
Attendance Order?

The "further steps" we take where there are concerns regarding a child's
education include offering more frequent advisory visits, suggesting
specific targets and actions, loan of resources, signposting to EHE
groups and discussion of options. If our concerns remained we would write
to the family advising them of our concerns and explaining why we would be
referring them to the Local Service Team.

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

No.

E) Please can you confirm whether any children who fit into the above
categories of concern about 'educational provision

suitability' would also therefore be referred to Social Services?

They are referred to the Local Service Team who may involve Education
Attendance Officers. However they may involve Emotional Health and
Wellbeing workers or contact Young Carers and so on. The concern would be
for the child and the most suitable way of supporting the child within
that family.

F) Lastly is it possible in your Local Authority that Social Services are
involved with a family but that The EHE department do not know of this
involvement (This involvement would be on an on-going basis rather than a
one off referral which is found to be of no genuine concern)

When Children's Social Care assess and review their cases, education is a
key element of any assessment of a child's needs and development and we
would ensure that we contacted the EHE service to obtain a view and, if
appropriate, an education record - this is an integral part of our
assessment and review process. Agencies such as education and health
contribute to a Children's Social Care assessment.

It is a directorate priority to ensure cross directorate working & we are
moving towards integrating our systems as far as possible. In the interim
we have cross checking arrangements.

Children looked after would not be home educated.

I hope this information is helpful.

If you are not satisfied with this response you can request an internal
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Yours sincerely

Liz May

E-Learning & Information Management Group

Children & Young People's Directorate

Somerset County Council

Taunton

TA1 4DY

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Tania Berlow left an annotation (28 September 2009)

Quote-marks please get back to them and ask how many concerns there are by the visiting officer. thier stats are important as a good practice LA.

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From: L Thorn

28 September 2009

Dear EDUC/ FOI,

Please can you liaise with the Visiting Officer to find out how
many children there are currently in Somerset whose Educational
provision causes concern as per my original question. This
information is extremely important in light of the Children,
Schools & Families Select Committee Inquiry into the Badman review
of EHE. Furthermore, I understand that Mr Badman has written to all
LAs (including Somerset) to ask for details of concerns about EHE
provision so it may now be that Somerset has collected the data I
require at Graham Badman's request so it may now be more easy to
accede to my FOR Request on the subject.

yours sincerely

Louise Thorn

Yours sincerely,

L Thorn

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From: EDUC/ FOI
Somerset County Council

7 October 2009


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Dear L Thorn

I am writing in response to your request for information from Somerset
County Council, under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act
2000, asking how many children there are currently in Somerset whose
Educational provision causes concern.

I hope the attached response answers your request satisfactorily.

If you are dissatisfied with the handling of your request, you have the
right to ask for an internal review. Internal review requests should be
submitted within two months of the date of receipt of the response to
your original letter and should be addressed to: Group Manager
(Information, Research & Customer Planning), Neil Pack at
[email address].

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have
the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a
decision. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: Information
Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire,
SK9 5AF

The information released is subject to the Re-use of Public Sector
Information legislation and you may require a licence from us for any
use outside the purposes permitted by law. Further information is at
www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si2005/20051515.htm

EDUC/ FOI
Children & Young People's Directorate
Somerset County Council

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and confidential information and if you are not the intended recipient (s), you must not copy, distribute or take any action
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[email address]

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that you have no explicit or implicit expectation of privacy.

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From: EDUC/ FOI
Somerset County Council

8 October 2009


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Please note that the figures attached are for children registered with
us for school year 2008 to 2009 - a total of 311 children and young
people.

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