Withdrawal from school for elective home education

Alison Preuss made this Freedom of Information request to Dumfries and Galloway Council

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Dear Dumfries and Galloway Council,

Please provide the following information for the period July 2011 to June 2014 inclusive:

How many requests have been received from parents for consent to withdraw children from school for elective home education?

How many such requests have been processed within the 6 week time scale set out in the home education statutory guidance?

How many such requests have not been processed within the 6 week time scale set out in the home education statutory guidance?

In respect of any consent requests which exceeded (or are currently exceeding) the 6 week time scale set out in the home education statutory guidance, please provide details of the actual processing period for each request and reasons for the delay.

How many complaints and/or notes of concern have been received from parents regarding delays in processing consent to withdraw their children from school for elective home education?

How many contacts from elected members (councillors, MSPs) and outside agencies have been received in relation to elective home education, and what was the nature of each of these requests?

Thank you in anticipation of your assistance.

Yours faithfully,

Alison Preuss
on behalf of Schoolhouse Home Education Association

Dear Dumfries and Galloway Council,

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Yours faithfully,

Alison Preuss

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Dear Ms Preuss

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Colin Brown
on behalf of Aaron Linden
Data Protection Officer/Interim FOI Officer
Dumfries and Galloway Council
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Dear Ms Preuss

I refer to your request for information received 13 June 2014. The Council’s Education Services department is able to provide the information that it holds in relation to your request and it is attached.

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Yours sincerely

Colin Brown
on behalf of Aaron Linden
Data Protection Officer/Interim FOI Officer
Dumfries and Galloway Council
Tel: 030 33 33 3000

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