Ofsted published inspection reports for 9 LAs between December 2016 and February 2017: South Gloucestershire, Leicestershire, Rutland, East Riding, Sutton, York, Worcestershire, Havering and Tameside. All except 2 (which were both rated GOOD) mentioned home education. NB Ofsted’s home education guidance to inspectors has NOT CHANGED from April 2015, despite references in inspection reports to “home visits” “monitoring” “curriculum” etc Continue reading
The Upper Tribunal recently considered an appeal on the Education Health and Care Plan for a young man in East Sussex [LINK]. The judgment included the following:
“Theo’s home is where he lives. It is not a proper use of language to say that his home is somewhere ‘to be attended by’ him. Nor is it a proper use of the word to describe his home as an institution, whatever the specific meaning of that word”
Specialist solicitor Ed Duff has commented that “The issue of whether home tuition can be named in an EHCP is new. The Education Act specifically permitted it. The Upper Tribunal has noted that the Children and Families Act has no equivalent provision enabling home tuition to be named.”
The Government is proposing a modified version of the ‘power to test different ways of working’ (ie opt out of children’s social care legislation) which will be discussed by a Committee of MPs on January 10th 2017 when Minister Edward Timpson will speak to a series of amendments to the Children and Social Work Bill in the form of new clauses to the Bill (full details HERE)
The Children and Social Work Bill began in the House of Lords back in May 2016. Among the many controversial elements was the proposal to introduce ‘power to test different ways of working’ by allowing – or directing a replacement Trust in the case of failing councils – local authorities to opt out of children’s social care legislation. A petition against this attracted over 107,000 signatories and the House of Lords voted to take the clauses out of the Bill. A list of organisations opposing the proposals can be found here (Article 39 Briefing). Continue reading
Where a local authority is carrying out an investigation under section 47 of the Children Act 1989, HMRC is able to share child benefit information.
Inspection reports were published by Ofsted for 4 local authorities on November 25th 2016. Home education was mentioned in all reports.
In early November 2016 the Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Children in Wales said “We have revisited and strengthened our elective home education guidance and this will be published in the next coming weeks.