Dear Kent County Council,

Of those known to the local authority as electively home educated, I would like an answer to the following questions.

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.

Yours faithfully,

J Carter

 

Information request
Our reference: 1167735

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Dear Sir/Madam
 
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for information that was received on 12 February 2018.
 
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Dear Sir/Madam
 
Thank you for your request for information received on 12 February 2018.
 
Please find attached our response to your request.
 
Yours faithfully
 
 
Kirsty-Leigh Robertson
Information Access Officer
Strategic and Corporate Services
+443000418301
 
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Fiona Nicholson left an annotation ()

1) whether they feel that no education is taking place?
2015 53 referred to CME
2016 57 referred to CME
2017 201 referred to CME
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.
School Attendance Order issued
2015 - 10
2016 - 8
2017 - 36
ii) Please indicate how many of these went to court in 2015, 2016 and 2017.
2015 - 9
2016 - 3
2017 - 11"

My comment: Kent explains its policy in the report to the OSA https://www.kent.gov.uk/__data/assets/pd... "KCC policy is to present CYP who have left local schools to EHE, but have no education in place back to the panel. It is expected that that CYP will return to the school roll they were removed from. This is working effectively and places are offered. Tracking is becoming more prompt and all local schools are now engaging and communicating with the LA and are open to re-admitting the EHE ‘s that have previously been on their school roll and where parents have failed to provide education."

Dear Kent County Council,

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

Please clarify what you mean here by "Not Applicable".

The concerns regarding CME were either proven to be children missing education, or they were proven not to be missing education.

Yours sincerely,

J Carter

Kent County Council

Dear Sir or Madam

 

Please accept our apologies for delay in response. We have been having
some technical difficulties with our new system.

 

Thank you for your email below, which I have passed onto the relevant team
to deal with. 

 

To clarify, this is now being dealt with as a follow-on query to your
previous request, under the same reference number 1167735

 

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) does not legislate for follow-on
requests and therefore there is no statutory timeframe for us to respond
within.

 

However, I will endeavour to supply the data to you as soon as possible.

 

Peter Wylie | Information Access Officer  | Information Resilience &
Transparency Team | Room 2.87, Sessions House, Maidstone | Tel 03000
415563 | Fax 03000 420303 |
[1]http://www.kent.gov.uk/about-the-council...

 

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Dear Kent County Council,

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

Please clarify what you mean here by "Not Applicable".

The concerns regarding CME were either proven to be children missing
education, or they were proven not to be missing education.

Yours sincerely,

J Carter

References

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Kent County Council

Dear Sir or Madam,

 

Although we have carried out an initial search to try and establish if
Kent County Council holds the information you have requested, we believe
that in its current form your request is too broad to enable us to provide
a comprehensive response.

 

Accordingly, please can you be more specific with the following:

 

The team have advised that the question below should not have stated not
applicable but in fact stated that the information is not centrally held.

 

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

Please clarify what you mean here by "Not Applicable".

The concerns regarding CME were either proven to be children missing
education, or they were proven not to be missing education.

Therefore can you please clarify what it is you are asking please?

 

The 20 working day timescale for providing the information you have
requested will be suspended until we receive clarification from you. On
receipt of the clarification we will inform you of the new latest complete
by  date.

We look forward to hearing from you in due course.

Kind regards

 

Kirsty-Leigh Robertson| Information Access Officer  | Information
Resilience & Transparency Team | Room 2.87, Sessions House, Maidstone |
Tel 03000 418301 | Fax 03000 420303 |
[1]http://www.kent.gov.uk/about-the-council...

 

From: Freedom of Information - KCC
Sent: 21 March 2018 14:02
To: [FOI #464301 email]
Subject: 1167735 ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF FOLLOW ON QUERY RECEIVED 3rd MARCH
2018

 

Dear Sir or Madam

 

Please accept our apologies for delay in response. We have been having
some technical difficulties with our new system.

 

Thank you for your email below, which I have passed onto the relevant team
to deal with.

 

To clarify, this is now being dealt with as a follow-on query to your
previous request, under the same reference number 1167735

 

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) does not legislate for follow-on
requests and therefore there is no statutory timeframe for us to respond
within.

 

However, I will endeavour to supply the data to you as soon as possible.

 

Peter Wylie | Information Access Officer | Information Resilience &
Transparency Team | Room 2.87, Sessions House, Maidstone | Tel 03000
415563 | Fax 03000 420303 |
[2]http://www.kent.gov.uk/about-the-council...

 

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Dear Kent County Council,

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

Please clarify what you mean here by "Not Applicable".

The concerns regarding CME were either proven to be children missing
education, or they were proven not to be missing education.

Yours sincerely,

J Carter

References

Visible links
1. http://www.kent.gov.uk/about-the-council...
2. http://www.kent.gov.uk/about-the-council...

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