Ofsted inspections April May 2016

This post follow from https://edyourself.wordpress.com/2016/04/04/ofsted-inspections-march-2016/  and looks at Ofsted safeguarding inspection reports mentioning home education in April and May 2016.  Scroll down for background information. 

Northumberland
14 April 2016
RATED REQUIRES IMPROVEMENT No mention of home education

 
Northamptonshire
27 April 2015
RATED REQUIRES IMPROVEMENT There are appropriate systems in place for monitoring children and young people who are electively home educated. There are currently 506 children and young people being home educated in the county. Where a child or young person is withdrawn from school or where parents elect not to register them with a school, the inclusion team makes contact with the family to ascertain the reasons for this and, if appropriate, to plan for a return of the child or young person to school. The inclusion team will make approaches to the parents to arrange a visit to see the child and to ensure that parents have an appropriate programme of work for their child. The inclusion team provides a small number of services to support elective home education. For example, they provide a facility to register children for GCSE examinations. The inclusion team holds an annual review to monitor and promote the needs of the small number of children and young people who have a statement of special educational needs. If a child or young person is known to social care and becomes home educated, there is a joint investigation of the child’s or young person’s circumstances by the inclusion team and the social care team. Where there are concerns, including fears of radicalisation and extremism, the team refers the case to the MASH for further assessment.

 

Durham
16 May 2016
RATED REQUIRES IMPROVEMENT No mention of home education

 
Bury
16 May 2016
RATED REQUIRES IMPROVEMENT  At the time of inspection, 86 children and young people were being educated at home. The local authority routinely checks on their educational progress. Considerable effort has resulted in good relationships with parents who value the support and guidance that they receive on a regular basis. Staff visit at least 95% of all home-educated children and young people annually, and specialist caseworkers have a good understanding of their needs. The [Local Safeguarding Children] board has mechanisms in place to ensure that there is a good understanding of the effectiveness and quality of frontline services in Bury. These include annual reports, information on allegations management, children and young people who are electively home educated, and private fostering.

 

Dorset
24 May 2016
RATED REQUIRES IMPROVEMENT  Two hundred and forty-three children are known to be electively home educated in Dorset; this is broadly in line with national averages. The local authority has a team of four designated visiting officers to monitor the education and welfare of these children and young people by making at least one annual monitoring visit to those families who agree to meet with them. However, the local authority’s ability to monitor their education and welfare is limited because, in the year 2014–15, only 57% were visited. Safeguarding concerns identified by visiting officers are dealt with promptly. In the last year, this has resulted in four children returning to mainstream education.

 
Thurrock
24 May 2016
RATED REQUIRES IMPROVEMENT  While there is detailed oversight of individual children missing education and children electively home educated, the local authority does not routinely analyse and evaluate the data on them to respond to trends or to inform service development. There are currently 173 Thurrock children who are electively home educated. The local authority actively reviews all children who are electively home educated at the monthly strategic meetings on children missing education. This includes checking the information that they hold to ensure that children are not at risk and that they have been seen, and to identify when a conflict with school can be resolved. A ‘traffic light’ system is used to flag families on this list that may need additional support. The local authority does not sufficiently analyse and evaluate the data about children missing from education and those who are electively home educated to find out if there are particular trends, for example if numbers are increasing or decreasing, or to consider fully why this may be (Recommendation).

 

See also https://edyourself.wordpress.com/2016/02/12/how-does-ofsted-end-up-asking-local-authorities-about-home-education/    and https://edyourself.wordpress.com/2015/04/02/ofsted-new-guidance-about-home-education-to-inspectors/   and  http://edyourself.org/articles/socialservices.php

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