Educational Concerns

J Carter made this Freedom of Information request to Torbay Borough Council

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The request was refused by Torbay Borough Council.

Dear Torbay Borough 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

Freedom of Information, Torbay Borough Council

Dear J Carter

Thank you for your request for information, which was received on 13 March 2018. We are currently processing your request and will contact you within 20 working days.

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Yours sincerely

Katherine Boyer
Information Compliance Apprentice
Torbay Council
 
Phone: 01803 207034
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Dear J Carter

 

Further to your request received on 13 March 2018, I confirm that Torbay
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Torbay Council

 

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Dear Freedom of Information,

Are you able to answer at least some of the questions? A part-response is better than a refusal.

Yours sincerely,

J Carter

Freedom of Information, Torbay Borough Council

Dear J Carter

We have answered the questions we can answer within the fees limit. We have explained the reason why we are unable to respond to the other questions.

If you are able to restructure and reduce your request we may be able to consider it as a new request however, as we have explained as there were at the time of your request over 300 pupils known to be electively home-educated, it is unlikely that reducing your request would enable us to respond within the time limit as the information you are requesting is not held centrally and cannot therefore be extracted from any systems.

Yours sincerely

Vicky Wills
Information Compliance Advisor
Torbay Council

Phone: 01803 207467

The Information Compliance Team will aim to acknowledge correspondence within 3 working days unless a restriction is in place.

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