Ofsted published 7 inspection reports during July and August 2016. 6 out of 7 mentioned home education. (Read Ofsted’s guidance on home education to inspectors here)
Telford and Wrekin The local authority maintains an up-to-date list of children missing education (CME). There is a named CME officer. At the time of the inspection, there were 21 children missing education and 119 who were educated at home. Staff are tenacious and skilful in tracking CME. They keep a close eye on children’s welfare and visit children at home when necessary. They liaise well with other agencies such as other local authorities, schools, professionals and families to share information. They carry out checks to establish the whereabouts of children and whether there have been any previous safeguarding concerns. Managers have good information and intelligence on CME. As a result, the whereabouts of children are known. Also, those without a school place receive good support. They are helped to secure a school place quickly. Staff provide very good support for children and families who choose to educate their children at home. They maintain good contact with the majority of families.
Overall grade requires improvement
Ealing Currently, 185 children are being electively home educated. The local authority has tight procedures in place, and schools make notifications as soon as they are aware that children are being removed from school to be home educated. Data is routinely updated and scrutinised by the ‘children missing from education’ team. Guidance is issued to all home educators, and families are encouraged to cooperate and engage, particularly with regard to health and safety and safeguarding procedures. Most parents cooperate with the initial home visit, but if there are concerns about the safety and well-being of children the local authority takes swift action to address them.
Overall grade good
Stockton on Tees No mention of home education Overall grade good
Reading The advisory teacher for children who are electively home-educated maintains comprehensive records and undertakes appropriate safeguarding checks with relevant agencies to establish whether children are known and whether there are any relevant concerns. The advisory teacher contacts every family, and the majority respond very positively, and have received good advice and support through home visits Overall grade inadequate
Greenwich At the time of the inspection, 216 children and young people were electively home educated (EHE). Schools contact the EHE officer promptly when parents decide to educate their children at home. Procedures for assessing the suitability of EHE are robust. Pupils are checked against the social care database and a list of all children with identified vulnerabilities. In addition, for all cases open to social care, risk factors are reviewed by a social work manager and the EHE officer. The EHE officer carefully assesses the appropriateness of the education provided. There is a willingness to act when the education provided is unsuitable. Seven school attendance orders were issued last year, with one resulting in court proceedings. Overall grade good
Southend on Sea The local authority is good at keeping in touch with children who are electively home educated. Currently, 106 children are home educated. The authority has established effective partnerships with most of these children’s home educators.
Overall grade requires improvement
Solihull The elective home education service is careful and conscientious in developing supportive relationships with parents, assessing the quality of the education provided and taking appropriate action when it does not meet the required standard. Parents are signposted to services and resources that could be useful to them. At the time of this inspection, 102 children and young people are being electively home educated. Overall grade requires improvement