Dear Bristol City 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 from June 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 6 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 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 (2015 - present).

Please provide copies of all 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 or information that falls under S40 (which I expect to be redacted).

Yours faithfully,

J Carter

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From: J Carter [mailto:[FOI #470289 email]]
Sent: 13 March 2018 02:41
To: Freedom of Information
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Educational Concerns

Dear Bristol City 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 from June 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 6 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 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 (2015 - present).

Please provide copies of all 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 or information that falls under S40 (which I expect to be redacted).

Yours faithfully,

J Carter

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You sent us a Freedom of Information request on 13/03/2018

Your request number is CRN00159804

Our reply to your request is:  

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.
 
We don’t centrally collate the origins of the referral – to collate the information
from the individual case files would take longer than the 18 hour time limit.
 
The majority of referrals come directly from the outgoing school as EHE is one of
the 15 reasons that a school can delete a pupil from roll at a non-standard
transition point.
 
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?
 
No - as an LA we provide parents with a ‘settling in period’ before making contact
with the parents to offer a visit.
 
The main LA statutory duties in this area are to “make arrangements to enable them
to establish the identities, so far as it is possible to do so, of children in their
area who are not receiving a suitable education. The duty applies in relation to
children of compulsory school age who are not on a school roll, and who are not
receiving a suitable education otherwise than being at school.” Section 436A of the
Education Act 1996. Also, the LA, under Section 437(1) of the Education Act 1996,
shall intervene if it appears that parents are not providing a suitable education.
 
Our team use the EHE government guidance document below:
[1]https://www.gov.uk/government/publicatio...
 
The LA respects a parent’s right to choose to educate their child at home but the LA
also has wider duties which are in place in relation to safeguarding children and,
if necessary, ensuring that children are receiving a suitable education. EHE
guidance says parents are presently under no duty to respond to requests for
information from the LA or to meet with the LA, but guidance suggests that it would
be sensible for parents to do so.
 
ii) How many instances have there been from June 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?
 
We do not centrally collate this information - to collate the information from the
individual case files would take longer than the 18 hour time limit.
 
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.
 
We do not collate/hold this information.
 
C) I would like to know of these children, how many of these concerns were proven?
 
Occasionally, an EHE Officer may express concern if a child may is not making
sufficient progress in certain areas. If it is deemed that a child is not receiving
a satisfactory education, issues will be discussed with the parents and another
visit is arranged within a short period to assess the necessary improvements. If
improvement is not forthcoming then the EHE Officers will either refer the matter as
a Child Missing Education or instigate the School Attendance Order process.
 
Table to show the number of Bristol City Council Elective Home Education cases that
were referred to CME in the academic years listed:

  Referred to CME
Academic Year 2015/16 4
Academic Year 2016/17 11
Current academic Year to date (20.03.18) 2

 
i) Of the children in the above 6 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.
 
We do not centrally collate this information.
 
ii) Please indicate how many of these went to court in 2016 and 2017.
 
Table to show the number of Bristol City Council Elective Home Education cases that
involved the School Attendance Order process in the academic years listed:

  SAO Processes Instigated SAO Breaches
Academic Year 2015/16 7 3
Academic Year 2016/17 1 1
Current academic Year to date (20.03.18) 3 1

 
 
iii) Please also indicate if any Education Supervision Orders are currently in court
for this population?
 
No ESOs currently in court for Bristol City Council’s EHE cohort.
 
Finally, please provide all recorded documentation relating to elective home
education including policies, procedures (2015 - present).
 
Our current EHE processes are under review. Once they have been reviewed they will
be placed on the EHE section of the BCC website:
[2]https://www.bristol.gov.uk/schools-learn...
 
Our team use the EHE government guidance document below:
[3]https://www.gov.uk/government/publicatio...
 
Please provide copies of all 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 or information that falls under S40 (which I
expect to be redacted).
 
This information will not be provided as the request would exceed the allocated 18
hour time limit.
 

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