HED0423

Written evidence submitted by South Gloucestershire Council

South Gloucestershire Council - Response to UK Parliament Consultation

 

South Gloucestershire is a small authority and in line with other LAs we have seen a significant increase in numbers of families opting for elective home education over recent years. As an authority we aim to maintain positive contact with families and try to make sure they are aware of key information such as college courses their children could access. Our education officers make initial contact with families when we are informed of their decision to home educate. Our education support teacher then makes an annual visit and can offer advice and support. Only a minority of families refuse visits and most of these submit an annual education report.

 

  1. The duties of local authorities with regards to home education, including safeguarding and assuring the quality of home education.

 

  1. Whether a statutory register of home-educated children is required.

 

  1. The benefits children gain from home education, and the potential disadvantages they may face.

 

  1. The quality and accessibility of support (including financial support) available for home educators and their children, including those with special educational needs, disabilities, mental health issues, or caring responsibilities, and those making the transition to further and higher education.

 

  1. Whether the current regulatory framework is sufficient to ensure that the wellbeing and academic achievement of home educated children is safeguarded, including where they may attend unregistered schools, have been formally excluded from school, or have been subject to ‘off-rolling’.

 

  1. The role that inspection should play in future regulation of home education.

 

  1. What improvements have been made to support home educators since the 2010-15 Education Committee published their report on ‘Support for Home Education’ in 2012.

 

  1. The impact COVID-19 has had on home educated children, and what additional measures might need to be taken in order to mitigate any negative impacts.’

November 2020