Specific budget for elective home education services

Fiona Nicholson made this Freedom of Information request to Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council,

Further to my request on August 4th asking for the budget for elective home education, I should like to drill down into this part of the response "2014/15 Elective Home Education Budget included on S251 line 1.2.7 = £84,814"


It has been pointed out to me that the figure given for Trafford is much higher than for neighbouring authorities such as Stockport and Manchester.

Please can you confirm whether the sum of £84,814 refers exclusively to staff who deal with elective home education where children are educated at home by parental choice?

Yours faithfully,

Fiona Nicholson

Data Protection, Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Ms Nicholson

I refer to your request for information below and apologise for the delay in responding. I can provide the following information:

The £84,814 includes non-staffing costs also.

Neighbouring authorities will differ as it is dependent on how they interpret S251 guidance.

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Thank you for this response.

I realise I should perhaps have split my query into 2 separate parts. This is not a new query but a clarification.

1/ does the spending relate exclusively to elective home education where children are educated at home by parental choice and
2/ does the spending relate only to staffing costs.

Your answer above deals with the second part but could you please deal with the first part and tell me whether the spending relates exclusively to elective home education (or whether for example it also includes "education otherwise than at school" arranged by the local authority)

Many thanks

Fiona Nicholson