Home Educated Children

Children electively home educated by their parents or guardians who do not attend school. Do not include children for whom Local Authority provision is made (EOTAS).

How many full time equivalent education officers do you have dealing with home educated children? (If roles also cover other duties, please only give the number of hours the officers devote to home education.)

If you use an outside agency, rather than Local Authority staff to undertake home education visits, please specify that to be the case and provide the annual cost of the agency services.  

Devon has two full time equivalent Education Officers dealing with home educated children. 

What formal recognised qualifications do your Home Education officers hold in the assessment of Paediatric Health? 

No formal qualifications held in the assessment of Paediatric Health 

How many home educated children does your Authority visit for home education checks annually? (Please do not include children for whom any other forms of contact are used, unless a visit is also made). 

The number of home educated children depends on the number of new cases and whether parents wish to take up the offer of a visit. All new Elective Home Education families are offered an initial visit and children with a statement or Education Health and Care Plan are offered an annual visit.

For 2016-17 approximately 170 visits were undertaken (final figures are yet to be confirmed). 

How long on average does each visit last including travelling time?  

Approximate indication is one and a half hours. 

Where a visit is not undertaken and other forms of information provided such as an education report or samples of work, please state the average staff time taken to deal with each child.  

Average staff time taken to deal with each child is one hour. 

How many children under 16 are you aware of who are home educated in your area? If possible, please give separate figures for age 5-10 and 11-16.  

Up to the 27 July 2017  Devon has 958 children registered for home education.

333 children aged 5–10 years

625 children aged 11–16 years