Elective Home Education team and numbers of children known and deregistered

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Dear Oldham Metropolitan 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 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

Information Manager, Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council

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Information Manager

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Ray Wharmby, Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Katherine Norman ,

 

Please find below the response to your recent freedom of information
request to find out information regarding elective home education. The
answers to your questions are in bold.

 

A) I would like to know which department within the local authority deals
with elective home education?

Access and Inclusion

          

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

Inclusion Manager – Anne Clark and 3 attendance officers

                   

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

Adrian Wells Interim Head of Access and Inclusion

 

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

Letter

 

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

Home education information available via Oldham Council website:

[1]https://www.oldham.gov.uk/info/200226/sc...

 

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.

Yes

 

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

141 as of 13/03/2018

 

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:

 

July 2015

- Children with no known
SEN                                                                            
92

- Children with SEN (with and without
EHCPs).                                               9

- Children de-registered from special schools        
                                           x

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

- Children under services such as;
CAHMS                                                       Info not held

x = fewer than 5

 

July 2016

- Children with no known
SEN                                                                            
116

- Children with SEN (with and without
EHCPs).                                               15

- Children de-registered from special schools 
                                                  x

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

- Children under services such as;
CAHMS                                                       Info not held

x = fewer than 5

 

July 2017

- Children with no known
SEN                                                                            
132

- Children with SEN (with and without
EHCPs).                                               17

- Children de-registered from special
schools                                                    x

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

- Children under services such as;
CAHMS                                                       Info not held

x = fewer than 5

 

Yours faithfully,

 

Anne Clark

Inclusion Manager

Oldham Council

Level 8

Civic

OL1 1UT

 

0161 770 6630

[2][email address]

 

 

*Please note: For satellite navigation purposes the postcode is OL1 1NL

 

Visiting the Civic Centre by Metrolink? The nearest stop is Oldham King
Street (2-3 mins walk)

 

 

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