Educational concerns

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

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Dear Bedford 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 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. This does not include communications between the Elective Home Education team and electively home educating parents.

Yours faithfully,

J Carter

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Dear J Carter

 

Request pursuant to Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request No 11881

 

I refer to your recent enquiry for information held by the Council. 

 

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must
state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold
the information you requested.

 

Please find the information you requested enclosed. 

 

You requested:

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.  

Answer:  We do not hold/record this information, but majority come from
school or parent.

 

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? 

Answer: Contact and send voluntary questionnaire

 

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?  

Answer: 12 since March 2017. Information prior to that not available as
was operated in a different way by a different team.

 

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?

Answer: All 12

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'?

Answer: N/A

3)    whether there are concerns because the family have not implemented a
structured approach?

Answer: N/A

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

Answer: N/A

5)    a qualified third party is not involved in the child’s education?

Answer: N/A

6)    An educational report has not been provided by a third party such
as; a teacher etc.

Answer: N/A

 

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

Answer: All 12

 

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. 

Answer: 10 out of 12 returned to approved form of education

 

ii)            Please indicate how many of these went to court in 2015,
2016 and 2017.

Answer: None

 

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

Answer: None

 

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. This does not include
communications between the Elective Home Education team and electively
home educating parents.  

Answer: Policy attached.

 

 

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Yours sincerely
Daniela

Daniela Hanson
Freedom of Information Administrator (Children's Services)
Support Services
Children's Services
Bedford Borough Council, Borough Hall, Cauldwell Street, Bedford, MK42 9AP
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