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Education: Home Schooling

Volume 714: debated on Thursday 12 November 2009


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will place in the Library of the House details of the evidence which led Mr Graham Badman to say that 22 per cent of young people who were home-educated and had turned 16 by August 2008 were not in education, employment or training. [HL5979]

Local authority data on electively home-educated children not in education, employment or training has been placed on the Every Child Matters website in the form of a histogram ( We have not provided the names of individual local authorities, as some of the figures provided by smaller local authorities were so small that there was some risk that individual children could be identified. The evidence provided by 47 local authorities found that 270 electively home-educated leavers who had turned 16 in the year to the end of August 2008 were not in education, employment or training when contacted in the autumn of 2008. The total number of electively home-educated leavers reported by the 47 local authorities is 1,220.