§ Jacqui Smith
Data on the number of children educated otherwise than at school are not collected centrally. Under the Education Act 1996, parents can opt to educate their children otherwise than at school. In such circumstances, pupils can only be removed from a school roll where the school has received written notification from the parent that the pupil is receiving education otherwise than at school. Local Education Authorities have a duty to ensure that the education provided is suitable to the age, aptitude and ability and any special
LEA Primary Secondary Middlesbrough 65 per cent. good or very good 33 per cent. good or very good 26 primary inspections 8 per cent. serious weaknesses 17 per cent. serious weaknesses 6 secondary inspections 4 per cent. requiring special measures 0 per cent. requiring special measures Stockton 76 per cent. good or very good 67 per cent. good or very good 34 primary inspections 0 per cent. serious weaknesses 0 per cent. serious weaknesses 3 secondary inspections 3 per cent. requiring special measures 0 per cent. requiring special measures
educational needs the child may have. It is Local Education Authorities to decide how to monitor these arrangements.
§ Jacqui Smith
Local Education Authorities have a duty to monitor the quality of home education being provided and we expect them to carry out this duty. If home education is not being provided or is not of a satisfactory standard, Local Education Authorities can apply to the courts of an Educational Supervision Order. Alternatively they should pursue a School Attendance Order.
Where we receive specific complaints that schools may be using home education as a method to disguise truancy, we will investigate.