Dear Kent County Council,

This is an FOI request. Please can you supply the following information:

1. How many home educated children in your Authority area are currently known to be home educated?

2. Please state how many of these home educated children are known to the Authority because:

A. The parents informed the Authority.

B. Accident and Emergency informed the Authority following a visit to the hospital by a home educated child.

C. A member of the health services informed the Authority.

D. A School informed the Authority when the child was de-registered.

E. A member of the public informed the Authority.

F. A third party organisation such as a charity or volunteer group informed the Authority.

3. For all these home educated children, how many letters were sent requesting details of the child's education provision?

4. For all these home educated children, where the information was provided, how many then received a written notice under Section 437 (1) of the Education Act 1996 ?

5. For all these home educated children, where the information was not provided, how many then received a written notice under Section 437 (1) of the Education Act 1996 ?

6. How many of these home educated children contacted under under Section 437 (1) were served with of a school attendance order under Section 437 (3) of the Education Act 1996?

Yours faithfully,

T.L.Jones

Dear Kent County Council,

For clarification Q.1 should read:

1. How many children in your Authority area are currently known to be home educated?

Yours faithfully,

T.L.Jones

Kent County Council

Dear Mr T.L Jones

 

Thank you for your email below.

 

Kent County Council acknowledges your request for information under the
Freedom of Information Act 2000. Assuming KCC holds this information, we
will endeavour to supply the data to you as soon as possible but no later
than 22^nd December 2017 (20 working days from date of receipt).

 

We will advise you as soon as possible if we do not hold this information
or if there are exemptions to be considered and/or any costs for providing
the information. Please quote our reference - FOI/17/2036 - in any
communication regarding this particular request.

 

Best regards,

 

Peter Wylie | Information Access Officer | Information Resilience &
Transparency Team | Room 2.71, Sessions House, Maidstone | Tel 03000
415563 | Fax 03000 420303 |
[1]http://www.kent.gov.uk/about-the-council...

 

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Kent County Council

Dear Sir or Madam

 

Thank you for your request for information made under the Freedom of
Information Act (FOIA) 2000, relating to home educated children. I am
pleased to provide the response below:

 

1.    How many children in your Authority area are currently known to be
home educated?

1993 currently registered

 

2.    Please state how many of these home educated children are known to
the Authority because:

a)   The parents informed the Authority.

b)   Accident and Emergency informed the Authority following a visit to
the hospital by a home educated child.

c)   A member of the health services informed the Authority.

d)   A School informed the Authority when the child was de-registered.

e)   A member of the public informed the Authority.

f)     A third party organisation such as a charity or volunteer group
informed the Authority.

 

Referrer Total 1993
School 1279
Parent/Family Member 300
Internal (CME, Admissions, SEN) 344
Other Local Educational Authority 27
Blank/data error 39
Public 2
NHS 1
Social Care 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SEN = Special educational Needs

EHE = Elective Home Education or Educated at Home

CME = Children Missing Education,  

Admissions = In Year Admissions- Fair Access 

 

Please note: blank /data error this is where the system has had a blank
error and has not recorded anything against the record of the child.

 

3.    For all these home educated children, how many letters were sent
requesting details of the child's education provision?

 

271 letters sent in 2016 – 2017 academic year

 

4.    For all these home educated children, where the information was
provided, how many then received a written notice under Section 437 (1) of
the Education Act 1996 ?

5.    For all these home educated children, where the information was not
provided, how many then received a written notice under Section 437 (1) of
the Education Act 1996 ?

This information is not centrally held, to provide you with the requested
information would require us to manually check all files for the past year
to identify whether they received a written notice under Section 437 (1)
of the Education Act 1996. Therefore we estimate that to extrapolate and
collate the information that you require would involve more than 18 hours
work, which at the £25 hourly rate set by the Ministry of Justice, would
exceed the £450 cost limit. Therefore, under section 12 of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000, we are not obliged to provide you with this
information.

 

6.    How many of these home educated children contacted under Section 437
(1) were served with of a school attendance order under Section 437 (3) of
the Education Act 1996?

 

14 SAO served during the 2016 – 2017 academic year

 

If you are unhappy with this response, and believe KCC has not complied
with legislation, please ask for a review by following our complaints
process; details can be found at this link
[1]http://www.kent.gov.uk/about-the-council...
on our website. Please quote reference FOI/17/2036.

 

If you still remain dissatisfied following an internal review, you can
appeal to the Information Commissioner, who oversees compliance with the
Freedom of Information Act 2000. Details of what you need to do, should
you wish to pursue this course of action, are available from the
Information Commissioner’s website [2]http://www.ico.org.uk/concerns.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Kirsty-Leigh Robertson| Information Access Officer | Information
Resilience & Transparency Team | Room 2.87, Sessions House, Maidstone |
Tel 03000 418301 | Fax 03000 420303 |
[3]http://www.kent.gov.uk/about-the-council...

 

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