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Home Education: Public Consultation

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 24 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what steps he has taken to ensure that people who do not have access to the internet are able to respond to his Department's consultation on home educators; (255910)

(2) what steps he has taken to inform home educators about his Department's consultations on home education;

(3) what representations he has received from local authorities about his Department's consultations on home education; and if he will make a statement.

The team carrying out the independent review of home education has invited stakeholders including home educators and local authorities to offer evidence to inform the review. This call for evidence is not a public consultation.

The Department has notified a number of key stakeholders about the review. These include local authorities and all the representative groups from the home education community that the Department is aware of. Evidence can be supplied to the review team using an online form, through email or by writing to the review team.

All local authorities have been invited by the review team to complete a questionnaire and 48 responses have been received.