Dear Barnsley Metropolitan 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

Information Requests, Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear J Carter

Thank you for your request for information in relation to:- Elective home education
Your request was received on:-  28.02.2018
We are dealing with it under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000
The BMBC reference number is:- FOIA 1953
Your request will be processed as soon as possible, and we will try to provide the information within 20 working days as required.
The 20 day deadline is:-   28.03.2018 
In some circumstances a fee may be payable and if that is the case, we will let you know the likely charges before proceeding.

Thank you once again for your request.

Kind Regards

Jane Buchan
Customer Feedback and Improvement Officer
Customer Feedback and Improvement Team
Core Services Directorate

Postal address: Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council, Customer Feedback and Improvement Team, PO Box 679, Barnsley, S70 9GG

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Information Requests, Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear J Carter

 

The service have asked in respect of the final paragraph of your request
if you can clarify regarding documentation what you mean?

 

'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.'

 

There are a large number of files and documentation relating to EHE so you
will need to be more specific in order for your request to be fulfilled.

 

Kind Regards

 

Jane Buchan

Customer Feedback and Improvement Officer

Customer Feedback and Improvement Team

Core Services Directorate

 

Postal address:Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council,  Customer Feedback
and Improvement Team, PO Box 679, Barnsley, S70 9GG

Location address: Gateway Plaza

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Dear Information Requests,

"'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.'

There are a large number of files and documentation relating to EHE so you will need to be more specific in order for your request to be fulfilled."

I mean all documentation used in relation to elective home education, and all correspondence that is not redactable under S40 which relates to elective home education.

Yours sincerely,

J Carter

Information Requests, Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear J Carter

 

Please find attached letter and information in response to your recent
Freedom of Information request. 

 

Kind Regards

 

Jane Buchan

Customer Feedback and Improvement Officer

Customer Feedback and Improvement Team

Core Services Directorate

 

Postal address:Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council,  Customer Feedback
and Improvement Team, PO Box 679, Barnsley, S70 9GG

 

 

 

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