Elective Home Education

A) Can you please categorise how those known to the team dealing with elective home education became known? E.g. School, Doctor, self-referral, concerns about the educational provision reported etc.

Most referrals come via schools. Devon County Council does not collect data on the different categories

i) Does the local authority seek to satisfy itself that the educational provision the parent(s) are providing is suitable to the child’s age, aptitude, ability and any SEN as soon as they become aware that parents are electively home educating, regardless of how they become known to the
local authority?

No, only where relevant.

ii) How many instances have there been in the years (from January 1st to December 31st) 2015, 2016, 2017 and to the date of this FOI where the person dealing with elective home education has or has had concerns that a ‘suitable’ education is not being provided?

These numbers are very low and, if disclosed, could therefore potentially identify the children concerned. An identification of the children concerned, together with the related information in this question, is personal data as defined in the Data Protection Act 1998. To disclose this personal data would be unfair to the children concerned and therefore a breach of the first data protection principle.

This information is therefore exempt from disclosure pursuant to s.40 (2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

B) I would also appreciate it if this information could be broken down into categories:

1) whether they feel that no education is taking place?
2) whether they feel that the philosophy of education is inadequate – for example in the case of autonomous or child led learning, that the particular child is not appearing to be learning ‘enough’?
3) whether there are concerns because the family have not implemented a structured approach?
4) or whether the fact that the national Curriculum is not being followed is causing concern?
5) a qualified third party is not involved in the child’s education?
6) An educational report has not been provided by a third party such as; a teacher etc.

Most referrals come via schools. Devon County Council does not collect data on the different categories

C) I would like to know of these children, how many of these concerns were proven?

These numbers are very low and, if disclosed, could therefore potentially identify the children concerned. An identification of the children concerned, together with the related information in this question, is personal data as defined in the Data Protection Act 1998. To disclose this personal data would be unfair to the children concerned and therefore a breach of the first data protection principle.

This information is therefore exempt from disclosure pursuant to s.40 (2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

i) Of the children in the above 4 categories, please indicate if further steps have or are being taken – for example, referred to CME or issued with a School Attendance Order. Please break it down into each year asked for.

Most referrals come via schools. Devon County Council does not collect data on the different categories.

ii) Please indicate how many of these went to court in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

These numbers are very low and, if disclosed, could therefore potentially identify the children concerned. An identification of the children concerned, together with the related information in this question, is personal data as defined in the Data Protection Act 1998. To disclose this personal data would be unfair to the children concerned and therefore a breach of the first data protection principle.

This information is therefore exempt from disclosure pursuant to s.40 (2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

iii) Please also indicate if any Education Supervision Orders are currently in court for this population?

None

Finally, please provide all recorded documentation relating to elective home education including policies, procedures (2013 – present) and recorded communications relating to elective home education (2016 – present), including any e-mail attachments. This does not include communications between the Elective Home Education team and electively home educating parents.

These policies and procedures are available via the links below:

https://devoncc.sharepoint.com/:w:/s/PublicDocs/InfoMgt/ERUSVbncHuxDvGi2MOw9-YUBMyANR9Yuu7UBb7D9SM2Kvg?e=nPKv56

https://devoncc.sharepoint.com/:w:/s/PublicDocs/InfoMgt/EY4heqUri9dAhHiaTv9hI4gB7-Mw-vYE_hCt7NkyAqB9eA?e=3eposR

https://devoncc.sharepoint.com/:b:/s/PublicDocs/InfoMgt/ERqzZZDIJzBNv56DNO16-_gBszVywX3Rzn2RE3Xf5V54Og?e=arM1V0