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Independent review of elective home education

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Government response to the public consultation on Home Education: Registration and monitoring proposals (11 January 2010)
Available from the 'Consultation Results' page of the DCSF website.

All children and young people are entitled to a good education. This doesn't necessarily mean children have to go to school: many parents choose to educate their child at home.

Wherever a child is educated, local authorities (LAs) need to be assured that each child is safe, well and receiving a full time education, suitable to their needs and abilities. The safety and well-being of all children is of the utmost importance and where LAs have concerns about the safety and welfare, or education of a home educated child, effective systems must be in place to deal with those concerns. Elective home education: Guidelines for local authorities (2007) aims to support LAs in carrying out their statutory responsibilities and to encourage good practice by clearly setting out the legislative position.

A central part of the Government's commitment for all children is that, no matter what their background or circumstances, they have the right to achieve the five Every Child Matters outcomes: be healthy; stay safe; enjoy and achieve; make a positive contribution; achieve economic well-being.

Review of elective home education in England

In January 2009, the Government commissioned Graham Badman to assess whether the current system of supporting and monitoring home education is the right one. On 11 June 2009, Graham Badman's independent report, Review of elective home education in England, was published. The report sets out Graham Badman's findings and his recommendations for supporting all home educated children so that they receive a good education and stay safe and well. In its initial response, the Government accepted all of the recommendations that called for urgent action to improve safeguards for home educated children, subject to identifying funding and workable delivery arrangements.  

The Government’s full response covering all of the report’s recommendations was published on 9 October 2009.

For more information on the 9 October 2009 response publication, read:

DCSF response to the Badman review of elective home education in England

Press notice: Diana Johnson announces a new support package for home educating families (9 October 2009)

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Schools' letter to Barry Sheerman, Chairman of the Children, Schools and Families Select Committee (9 October 2009)

Secretary of State’s letter to Graham Badman (9 October 2009)

Graham Badman’s letter to Barry Sheerman, Chairman of the Children, Schools and Families Select Committee (9 October 2009)

Detailed data supporting the September data collection on home educated children (8 February 2010)
This evidence supports the findings published on 9 October 2009 by Graham Badman in his letter to Barry Sheerman on the number of home educated children not known to be receiving a suitable education, and who were not in education, employment or training in Autumn 2008. The data has been rounded and suppressed to minimise the risk of any individual children being identified or identifying themselves.

Graham Badman's letter to Mr Barry Sheerman, Chairman of the Children, Schools and Families Select Committee (28 October 2009)

For more information on Graham Badman’s report of 11 June 2009, read:

Review of elective home education in England available from ECM Online Publications

Press notice: Better monitoring and support for home educated children in England (11 June 2009) available from the DCSF website

Written ministerial statement from the House of Commons, and from the House of Lords

Secretary of State's letter to Graham Badman (11 June 2009) – the Government's initial response


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Last updated on 08/02/2010