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Home Education

Volume 460: debated on Thursday 17 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate his Department has made of the number of children who are educated out of school in 2006-07. (137039)

[Holding answer 16 May 2007]: Local authorities arrange for education out of school in pupil referral units and other settings. The DFES annual census shows that in January 2006 23,670 pupils were educated in pupil referral units. In addition, a further 12,750 received tuition at home, in community homes, at further education colleges, or with voluntary section providers.

We do not collect information about the number of children whose education is arranged by their parents. A recent study on the prevalence of home education in England, conducted by York Consulting, estimated that there were around 16,000 children being educated at home that were known to the local authority. We have not made any estimate of the number of home educated children that are not known to their local authority.