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Home Education

Volume 461: debated on Wednesday 6 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) primary and (b) secondary age children were home schooled in each education authority in each year since 1997. (138503)

Parents may exercise their right to educate their children at home on a temporary or permanent basis. We do not collect information about the numbers of children whose parents provide education at home, and it would be impractical to do so given the transient nature of some of this type of provision. 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.