Safeguarding inspection reports were published for Hertfordshire and Lancashire on November 27th 2015. Both reports mentioned home education.
The Lancashire report flags up an issue for the special needs department – which currently regards parents as having opted out – saying that more could be done for home educated children with “significant additional needs.”
Good support and information is also provided to parents of the 521 electively home educated children. Two specialist home education advisers support parents by offering detailed written guidance, including how parents can help their children with their studies. Managers ensure they are fully aware of the children missing from education.
The overall grade for Hertfordshire is “good”
At the time of the inspection, 644 children were home educated. Managers do not analyse well information about the reasons parents educate their children at home. This means they are unable to identify and respond to any significant factors and limits their ability to identify any children with significant additional needs and offer appropriate support.
The overall grade for Lancashire is “inadequate”
See also Brent (overall grade requires improvement) http://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/local-authorities/brent
The local authority provides schools and parents with a good range of leaflets and guidance covering aspects such as elective home education, unauthorised absence from schools, school attendance, exclusion and education penalty notices … The 147 children currently home educated are closely monitored by a dedicated educational welfare officer for elective home education, who also provides guidance to families considering this approach and annual updating visits.
Ofsted home education guidance for inspectors can be found here