Educational Concerns

J Carter made this Freedom of Information request to Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear Gateshead 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 (2015 - present) and 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

CSG InformationRights^, Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Sir/Madam

I refer to the request, which you have made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 for records held by this service.


Your request was received by this department on 07 March 2018.

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Elaine Boyes, Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear J Carter

Subject: Freedom of Information Request 49828

I refer to the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and to your email to this
service dated 6 March 2018.

In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act, we are able to grant
access to the records requested and accordingly this is attached.

Please note:
The information provided in response to your request is copyright
Gateshead Council unless otherwise endorsed. Granting access to this
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Should you have any queries regarding the contents of this letter, please
contact Elaine Boyes on 0191 433 3851.

Yours faithfully

Elaine Boyes

Elaine Boyes

Senior Monitoring and Review Officer

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Service

Care, Wellbeing and Learning, Gateshead Council

Tel. 0191 433 3851

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