Home Education: Standards:Written question - 211799

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Asked by Julie Cooper
(Burnley)
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Asked on: 23 January 2019
Department for Education
Home Education: Standards
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to ensure that children in home education placements have a high standard of education and care.
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Answered by: Anne Milton
Answered on: 29 January 2019
Holding answer received on 28 January 2019

The government supports the right of parents to educate their children at home, and many families do this well, taking on a very significant responsibility in doing so. Local authorities are responsible for identifying any children who are not receiving a suitable education and taking steps to remedy that situation, if necessary, by enforcing school attendance.

We want to make sure that every child receives a good education. In some cases, the government is concerned about the quality of education which some children are receiving at home, especially in the context of the increasing numbers of children who are being removed from school to be educated at home.

As a result, the government consulted in 2018 on revised guidance for local authorities and parents on home education. The finalised versions of this guidance will be published shortly. At the same time, a call for evidence on the issues of registration and monitoring of children educated at home, and support for home educating families, was held, and a government response document setting out proposed next steps will also be published soon.

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