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A Message From Fiona Nicholson at EdYourself
I'm very grateful to everyone who responded to my survey about claiming funding for college places and special needs support. The Funding Report is now available to read on the website. I'd like to send out another email update at the beginning of September. If you would like to receive further updates, please click on reply to this email and let me know. If you are reading this on the web, you can use the contact form to get in touch.
At the beginning of January 2011 I asked local authorities in England if they planned to claim funding for special needs support or college places via the Alternative Provision Census where children were educated at home by parental choice. In the first instance I wrote informally to Home Education officers, but if I got no reply I went on to make a Freedom of Information request. By mid May I had discovered that a quarter of local authorities in England (34 out of the 143 who responded) were claiming funding. At present it is entirely up to the council to decide whether or not to claim this funding, but the recent Special Educational Needs Green Paper reminds local authorities of their powers under the 1996 Education Act to assist children with special needs outside the school system. The recent Wolf Report also states that colleges must offer a full programme for 14-16s which should make a difference to the provision available for home educated young people.
Read the full Funding Report here
STOP PRESS Ministers will NOT now be proceeding with the plans to keep a child's name on the school roll for 20 days.
Education Bill Report stage May 11th 2011: Nick Gibb announcement re pupil registration regulations
New Impact Indicators for Ofsted? Children's Services Guidance April 2011
Ofsted will no longer assess against Every Child Matters and the Children's Plan.
Home Education + Raising the Leaving Age: Select Committee Memo April 2011
Participation will be not be enforced when the leaving age is raised
Home Education Task Group Recommendations Surrey Council April 2011
17 recommendations from the Task Group accepted by Surrey CC. No changes to the existing budget for Elective Home Education but different ways of working which should offer greater value for money to the Council.
Article on Implications of the Wolf Report March 2011
Colleges to offer full 14-16 curriculum and Govnt to make clear that funding is possible.
"Many parents, and particularly the parents of children with SEN, turn to home education because they feel that the school system has failed to meet their child’s needs. Where home educated children have a statement, local authorities have a duty to ensure that the child’s SEN are being met and the local authorities have to review the children’s statements annually. In some cases, parents on their own may not be able to make suitable provision for their children but could do so with some support from the local authority. We expect that when local authorities are considering whether parents are making suitable provision that they also consider whether to use their power under the Education Act 1996 to make special educational provision out of school to help the parents make their provision suitable for their child’s SEN. We also expect local authorities to consider whether home educated children who had been in receipt of support at School Action Plus at school should continue to receive that support through local authorities using their power under the 1996 Act to make provision out of school." Paragraph 2.54 SEN Green Paper March 2011
In December 2010 the Government decided against giving home educators 10% of the individual school pupil allocation to assist with the cost of taking exams, stating that "proposals for the funding of elective home educated pupils will not be introduced in 2011-12."
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