To ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance they provide to local authorities to ensure that children receiving home education achieve key milestones in their education.
2 November 2017
Departmental guidance for local councils on elective home education, copy attached, is published at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/elective-home-education. It gives advice on the legal framework under which education may be provided, and the processes which are relevant for local councils seeking to identify children who may not be receiving a suitable full-time education. However, the guidance document does not set out detailed advice on educational outcomes, because parents have a substantial degree of flexibility in terms of educational content and whether to enter children for examinations. Local councils which assess the educational provision made for a child educated at home need to decide whether it meets the requirement in section 7 of the Education Act 1996, that the education must be suitable to the child’s age, ability and aptitudes, and any special educational needs.