Elective Home Education team and numbers of children known and deregistered

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Dear North Yorkshire County Council,

I am submitting this freedom of information request to find out the following information regarding elective home education. When I refer to 'children', I mean they are either de-registered from a school or have never been registered with a school. Please provide copies of all available documents, research and paperwork.

A) I would like to know which department within the local authority deals with elective home education?
1) I would like to know who is currently employed in this team, and who the team leader is.
2) I would like to know who they report to.
3) What form of contact they use with families the first time they contact them.
i) Please supply copies of policies and procedures used for elective home education, for staff use or supplied to Home educators.

B) Has the LA made the team dealing with elective home education aware that there is no requirement to investigate a case or for the LA to seek to satisfy itself that a suitable education is being provided when they know the reason why a child has ceased to attend school? The specified reason being, parents have given legal notification to a school that they are educating otherwise than at school.

C) I would like to know how many children are currently known as being electively home educated in the local authority.

D) How many pupils have been de-registered from school to be electively home educated?
Please provide numbers for: July 2015, July 2016 and July 2017. Please categorise these into:
- Children with no known SEN
- Children with SEN (with and without EHCPs).
- Children de-registered from special schools
- Children with care plans (break down into CIN, CPP and EHCP).
- Children under services such as; CAHMS

Yours faithfully,

Katherine Norman

North Yorkshire County Council

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Dear Katherine Norman

 

 

Thank you for your request for information regarding young people who are
Electively Home Educated. Please accept our apologies for being over time
on this.

 

Please see our response below and attached:

 

A) I would like to know which department within the local authority deals
with elective home education? In North Yorkshire,  Elective Home
Education (EHE) is dealt with within the Children & Young Peoples Service
Directorate. It is the 0-19 ‘Children & Families - Prevention Service’
that leads on the welfare work with children who are EHE and this service
works in tandem with the Inclusive Education Service and Education and
Skills (within the same Directorate), on matters relating directly to the
education/learning aspects of home education.

 

1) I would like to know who is currently employed in this team, and who
the team leader is. The Children & Families - Prevention Service has a
number of areas of responsibility, of which EHE is one. It operates across
the county through 11 area-based Prevention teams and each team has an
[1]Area Prevention Manager who acts as the Team Leader. Practitioners who
would undertake visits are called Family Outreach Workers.

 

2) I would like to know who they report to. The county is split into 3
Divisions: ‘East’, ‘West’ and ‘Central’.  Area Prevention Managers report
to their respective Divisional Manager.

 

3) What form of contact they use with families the first time they contact
them. Once the Local Authority is notified of the intention to Electively
Home Educate a child, a Family Outreach Worker (FOW) will write to arrange
to visit the family.

 

i) Please supply copies of policies and procedures used for elective home
education, for staff use or supplied to Home educators. The current
version of the Elective Home Education policy, procedures and guidance for
parents and carers is available on the North Yorkshire County Council
website at:
[2]https://www.northyorks.gov.uk/home-educa...

 

B) Has the LA made the team dealing with elective home education aware
that there is no requirement to investigate a case or for the LA to seek
to satisfy itself that a suitable education is being provided when they
know the reason why a child has ceased to attend school? The specified
reason being, parents have given legal notification to a school that they
are educating otherwise than at school.

 

The NYCC  Elective Home Education Policy and Procedures ( June 2016)
 Section 3 ‘The Local Authority’s Duty’    make it clear for the team
dealing with elective home education the duties of the local authority
with regard  to a suitable education being provided.

[3]https://www.northyorks.gov.uk/home-educa...

 

 

C) I would like to know how many children are currently known as being
electively home educated in the local authority.

            (the total number of those that were currently EHE – as at the
22 February – which is when the request came in)  523

           

 

D) How many pupils have been de-registered from school to be electively
home educated?

Please provide numbers for: July 2015, July 2016 and July 2017. Please
categorise these into:

- Children with no known SEN

- Children with SEN (with and without EHCPs).

- Children de-registered from special schools

- Children with care plans (break down into CIN, CPP and EHCP).

- Children under services such as; CAHMS

 

  July July Feb 22^nd 2018
2015 2016
How many pupils have been de-registered from * * 523
school to be electively home educated
Children with no known SEN * * 349
Children with SEN (with and without EHCPs). * * 12 have been
recorded as
having an
EHCP,
1 with a
statement,
68 with SEN
Support
Children de-registered from special schools * *  
Children with care plans * *
(break down into CIN, CPP and  
EHCP).                                     CIN
CPP * *  
EHCP * * 12
Children under services such as; CAHMS * *  

 

                               

* In October 2016, North Yorkshire County Council implemented a new
process for recording data relating to EHE, which enables improved
management of internal processes where a parent notifies of their
intention to home educate and reporting regarding EHE.  However, prior to
this point, data relating to EHE was recorded across a number of
electronic systems and paper based case files.  As such, the data that
would enable us to answer this request for the years previous to 2015/16
is not held in an appropriate format and would require us to access and
then undertake a check of a large number of individual case records. The
large amount of work involved would bring the cost of answering the
request over the amount to which we are legally required to respond, i.e.
the cost of locating and retrieving the information exceeds the
'appropriate limit' as stated in the Freedom Of Information (Fees and
Appropriate Limit) Regulations 2004.  I enclose a copy of our charging
regime, and our appeals process.

 

 

 

Kind Regards

_______________________________________

Catherine McGuinness, Leadership Support Officer
on behalf of cypsfoi

 

North Yorkshire County Council, County Hall, Northallerton, DL7 8AE

e-mail: [4][email address]

 

 

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