Memorandum submitted by the NSPCC
1. The Select Committee has invited submissions
on the conduct of the review and related consultations and the
recommendations made by the review on elective home education.
Our submission focuses on the recommendations.
2. We called for and support a number of
the recommendations that have been identified in the review. In
our response to review, we noted the inconsistencies in approach
and recommended that "there should be consistency with
a requirement that all parents should be required to notify a
local authority if they decide to educate their child at home
(a formal registration scheme)."
3. We also noted the variation in how local
authorities met their legal obligations and support home educators.
This inconsistency is unhelpful and we recommended that "it
would be helpful if Government was to facilitate discussion between
home educators and local authorities in order to identify examples
of good practice which can be disseminated and used as a means
of developing consistency."
4. In essence we support the key recommendations
about establishing a register and the monitoring of arrangements.
( Further details can be found in our response which we have for
convenience attached). We will set out in more detail our thinking
in our response to the DCSF consultation on the Home Education:
Registration and Monitoring proposals.
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