Elective Home Education team and numbers of children known and deregistered

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Dear Reading 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

FOI, CRT, Reading Borough Council

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Dear Ms Norman

 

Thank you for your request for information under the provisions of the
Freedom of Information Act (2000).  In accordance with the Act, you can
expect to receive a formal response to your enquiry by the 21 March 2018.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

 

Mr N Bullough

Senior Customer Relations Officer

Customer Relations | Corporate Support Services

Reading Borough Council

Level 1

Plaza West

Bridge Street

Reading Borough Council

RG1 2LU

0118 937 2726 (72726

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FOI, CRT, Reading Borough Council

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Dear Ms Norman,

 

Thank you for your request for information under the provisions of the
Freedom of Information Act (2000). 

 

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

 

Our response is as follows:

 

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

Elective Home Education falls within the Directorate of Children,
Education and Early Help Services.

 

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

There is currently one Advisory Teacher for Elective Home Education who
works 0.5 on Teacher Pay and Conditions. There is no team leader post.

 

For your information, we are only able to provide you with the names of
individuals who it is deemed to be against the public interest to
withhold.  For the purposes of requests for information under the terms of
the Freedom of Information Act, this is deemed to be members of staff at
Head of Service level and above.  The provision of the names of any other
individual members of these teams would constitute a breach of the First,
Second and Sixth Data Protection Principles and is therefore exempt from
disclosure by virtue of Section 40(2) of the Freedom of Information Act.

 

I can advise that the Head of Education is Paul Wagstaff

 

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

The line manager for Elective Home education is the Virtual Head of
Children Missing Out on Education.

For your information, we are only able to provide you with the names of
individuals who it is deemed to be against the public interest to
withhold.  For the purposes of requests for information under the terms of
the Freedom of Information Act, this is deemed to be members of staff at
Head of Service level and above.  The provision of the names of any other
individual members of these teams would constitute a breach of the First,
Second and Sixth Data Protection Principles and is therefore exempt from
disclosure by virtue of Section 40(2) of the Freedom of Information Act.

 

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

If the family has filled out a contact form on the website then the stated
preferred contact method is used.

If the Local Authority have been informed by a school that a child has
been de-registered to be Electively Home Educated then the parent/carer
will receive a written letter and introductory pack.

If the parent / carer has left a voicemail or text message then they will
normally receive a return phone call.

 

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

Attached with email

 

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, the Advisory Teacher is very aware of this.  However, if the School
Exit Form or the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub check shows any
safeguarding concerns then a further investigation will take place as the
Local Authority has a duty of care.

 

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

There are currently 121 children from 88 families who are known to be
Electively Home educated with Reading Borough Council.

 

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

 

*

·         The Advisory Teacher for EHE will know all the EHE children who
are registered with Reading Borough Council and receiving support from
Children’s Social Care or have had Education Welfare Service involvement
while attending school

·         EHE children registered with Reading Borough Council and have
CAMHS involvement will only be known to the Advisory Teacher for EHE if
parents have informed the school prior to withdrawal or whose parents have
volunteered the information or whose parents have asked for support with a
CAMHS referral and been successful.

 

 

Category July 2015 July 2016 July 2017

80 108 119

 
Children with no known SEN 75 98 111
Children with SEN (with and without EHCPs). 5 10 8
Children de-registered from special schools 0 0 0
Children with care plans CIN 0 0 *
CPP 0 0 *
EHC Plan * * *
Children under other services* * * *

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*= Due to the low numbers this response involves, we are unable to break
this information down any further for you, as to do so may lead to the
possibility of an individual being able to be identified.  This therefore
means that the information is exempt under Section 40(2) and 40(3)(a)(i)
of the Act, as to disclose it would breach the First Data Protection
Principle.

 

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to obtain permission for such use, please contact Mr C Brooks, Head of
Legal and Democratic Services, at Reading Borough Council.

 

Please note that your request may itself be the subject of a FOI request
and will be disclosed in that event.

 

If you are unhappy with this response to your request for information
under the Freedom of Information Act then you may ask for an internal
review.  Please make a request in writing to Mr C Brooks, Head of Legal
and Democratic Services, at Reading Borough Council.  If you request such
a review and are not content with its outcome, then you have a right to
apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision.  The
Information Commissioner can be contacted at:

 

Information Commissioner’s Office

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire

SK9 5AF

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

 

Mr N Bullough

Senior Customer Relations Officer

Customer Relations | Corporate Support Services

Reading Borough Council

Level 1

Plaza West

Bridge Street

Reading Borough Council

RG1 2LU

0118 937 2726 (72726

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