3rd batch Ofsted reports after new home education guidance

Ofsted’s inspection report on Kingston on Thames was published on August 3rd 2015.

The council has moved from ‘inadequate’ to ‘good’ (as Cambridgeshire also did last year)

“Education welfare officers contact families promptly when children and young
people are withdrawn from school by parents who intend to educate their
children at home, offering help, guidance and mediation with the school where
appropriate. They engage well with parents, 95% of whom opt for a meeting
with officers. Education welfare officers contact families every six months
offering support, for example to enable children and young people to sit
examinations or to explore post-16 options. All families are cross-referenced to
early help and social care records.”

Since the new guidance was issued to inspectors, reports have been published for Brighton, Salford, Nottinghamshire and Sunderland. Link 1 Link 2

Read the new guidance here

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8 thoughts on “3rd batch Ofsted reports after new home education guidance

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  3. Charley

    I wanted to keep my sons statement but haven’t had a response back yet to repeated requests re an annual review … Other than that my son is happier out of school than he ever was in one!
    Any legal advice for Surrey?

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  4. Allen Roland

    I wonder if there is any correlation between the 95% of parents who accept a meeting / visit and the threat below which is from K upon T EHE guide for parents (which by the way it shares with Richmond):

    “If at any time there are concerns about the wellbeing or welfare of a child or if visits and meetings are declined despite offers of support and advice, we will consider a S17 investigation under the Children’s Act 1989.”

    I also wonder what OFSTED actually look at when doing these inspections – do they ever actually read the materials these LA’s publish as guidance for parents? If they do then just why is it that OFSTED does not mention the LA’s Guide / Policy / Procedures oversteps the mark in terms of what is reasonable.

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    1. Fiona Nicholson Post author

      There isn’t a standard procedure for how the inspectors assess the LA’s procedures for home educators as far as I’m aware. The extract you have quoted suggests that when parents DO agree to a meeting it may be under duress, ie because there is a threat of referral to children’s social care if meeting is declined even WITHOUT “concerns about wellbeing or welfare.”

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      1. aunis

        Speaking to one family in Richmond that is exactly how they felt – accept the meeting as the implications of the threat are plain for all to see. If OFSTED don’t have standards for their inspection / assessment process then what is the point of the organisation called ” Office for Standards in Education”?

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