Special Educational Needs: Home Education

Education written question – answered on 4th September 2012.

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Photo of Graham Stuart Graham Stuart Chair, Education Committee, Chair, Education Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he is taking to ensure that children with special educational needs who are home educated receive appropriate support.

Photo of Sarah Teather Sarah Teather The Minister of State, Department for Education

Parents who opt to educate their children at home are responsible for ensuring that they receive an education that is suitable to their age, ability, aptitude and any special educational needs they may have. It is a matter for local authorities to decide what support they wish to offer to home educated children with special educational needs. Where they provide significant support, the local authority can claim funding through the Dedicated Schools Grant. For home educated children with statements of special educational needs, local authorities are under a duty to ensure that the provision the parents are making is suitable and meets the child's special educational needs. The local authority must review the statement at least annually. In 2010 the then Department for Children, Schools and Families issued guidance to local authorities on their duties and powers in relation to home educated children with special educational needs. That guidance highlighted local authorities' powers to make provision for these children to help parents ensure that home education is suitable for the child's needs. Home educating parents of children with special educational needs can obtain information and advice about local services and sources of support from their local parent partnership service. Contact details for this service in each area of the country can be obtained through the following website:

www.parentpartnership.org.uk

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