Home Education

Education and Skills written question – answered on 27th June 2007.

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Photo of Lindsay Hoyle Lindsay Hoyle Labour, Chorley

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans he has to collect information on the number of children educated at home.

Photo of Jim Knight Jim Knight Minister of State (Schools and 14-19 Learners), Department for Education and Skills, Minister of State (Education and Skills) (Schools and 14-19 Learners)

We do not collect information about the number of children whose education is arranged by their parents and we have no plans to change this. A recent study on the prevalence of home education in England, conducted by York Consulting estimated that there were around 16,000 children being educated at home that were known to the local authority. We have not made any estimate of the number of home educated children that are not known to their local authority.

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annette taberner
Posted on 19 Aug 2007 2:22 am (Report this annotation)

Why does Mr Hoyle want to know the number and what knowledge does he have of home education? Home educating families get no help or assistance from the State and there is no duty in law to register with anyone to home educate