Elective Home Education team and numbers of children known and deregistered

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Dear Bedford Borough 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 Bedford Borough Council 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 ‘…..........’ 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
- Children de-registered from special schools
- Children with care plans
- Children under services such as; CAHMS

Yours faithfully,

Katherine Norman

Freedom of Information, Bedford Borough Council

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Dear Ms Norman

 

Request pursuant to Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request No 11792

 

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)   I would like to know which department within Bedford Borough Council
local authority deals with elective home education?   

Answer: Early Help and Intervention Service

 

1)    I would like to know who is currently employed in this team, and who
the team leader is.  

Answer: One Officer has responsibility for EHE (along with other
responsibilities). This Person reports to a team manager who reports to
the Head of Service.

2)    I would like to know who they report to.

Answer: See answer 1.

3)    What form of contact they use with families the first time they
contact them.

Answer: Letter/email/phone call  depending on request.

 

i)             Please supply copies of policies and procedures used for
elective home education, for staff use or supplied to Home educators. 

Answer: See PDF document attached.

 

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. 

Answer: Yes

 

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

Answer: 240

 

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

- Children de-registered from special schools

- Children with care plans

 

Answer:

Numbers of children starting a period of elective home education within
the academic years 2014/15, 2015/16 and 2016/17

  2014/15 2015/16 2016/17
Children with no known SEN 45 17 66
Children with SEN 18 4 22
Total 63 21 88
Children de-registered from special schools 0 0 x
Children with care plans x x x

*Where a child has started multiple periods of EHE within the academic
year they have only been counted once.

* Current SEN and CP status has been used, Not the status as at the start
of the EHE period.

 

x – Information exempt due to low numbers.

Pursuant to Section 17 (1) of the Act the Council

1.              States that this is exempt information.

2.              Specifies, that the exemption in question is the subject
of an absolute exemption contained within Section 40 (Personal
Information) of the FOI Act (FOIA).

An explanation follows below.

We are unable to provide the exact figure (5 or fewer) or any further
information due to low numbers in the cohort and the possibility of a
child/young person being identifiable.

 

- Children under services such as; CAHMS

Answer: We do not hold this information. 

 

 

 

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Yours sincerely
Daniela

Daniela Hanson
Freedom of Information Administrator (Children's Services)
Support Services
Children's Services
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