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Home Education

Volume 487: debated on Monday 26 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families with reference to the answer of 19 February 2008, Official Report, column 511W, on home education, and the subsequent establishment of the Elective Home Education Review, if he will collect information centrally on the number of children home educated in each local authority area. (250888)

There are no current plans to collect information centrally about the number of home educated children. We will consider this and other aspects of our approach to home education after receiving the report of the recently commissioned review of home education.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps his Department is taking to encourage positive home learning environments. (250441)

The Department has announced an independent review of home education. The review will assess the effectiveness of the current arrangements to ensure that any concerns about the safety, welfare or education of home educated children are addressed quickly and effectively. It will also investigate whether local authorities are providing the right type, level and balance of support to home educating families to ensure that they are undertaking their duties to provide a suitable full-time education to their children. Where necessary, the review will also make recommendations for improvements. The review will conclude with a published report in May 2009.

The Department provides a range of guidance for all parents on helping their children learn outside the classroom. This can be found on the Department's website.