Home Education

Children, Schools and Families written question – answered on 15th May 2008.

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Photo of Stephen Hesford Stephen Hesford PPS (Vera Baird QC, Solicitor General), Law Officers' Department, PPS (Mr Michael Wills, Minister of State), Ministry of Justice

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children have been removed from the school register for home schooling in England since 2004; and what research has been carried out by his Department on the reasons why parents choose to home school their children.

Photo of Jim Knight Jim Knight Minister of State (Schools and Learners), Department for Children, Schools and Families, Minister of State (Department for Children, Schools and Families) (Schools and Learners)

The requested information on the numbers of children who have been removed from the school register for home education is not collected centrally. In 2006 we commissioned a feasibility study from York Consulting to assess the viability of determining the prevalence of home education and to give information on why parents elect to home educate. A copy of the study's findings has been placed in the House of Commons Library.

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