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Pupils: Disadvantaged

Department for Education written question – answered on 3rd November 2014.

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Photo of Alex Cunningham Alex Cunningham Labour, Stockton North

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the merits of extending the Pupil Premium to all children educated at home.

Photo of David Laws David Laws The Minister of State, Cabinet Office, The Minister for Schools

The aim of the Pupil Premium is to raise the attainment of mainly economically disadvantaged pupils, which is why the funding is focused on those children who have been on free school meals at some point in the last six years.

There are no plans to extend the Pupil Premium to children who are educated at home. The Government respects the right of parents to choose how their children are educated, whether this is at home or in any of the institutions available to them. However, parents who choose to home educate their children must take responsibility for costs. Local authorities have the power to give assistance to parents who home school if they so choose.

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