This page shows the number of home educated children recorded by local authorities in England between 2005 and 2009. Most of this information was obtained via Freedom of Information requests made on behalf of the author. In some cases this has been supplemented by additional information which is already in the public domain.
Click here to see ongoing summary results of FOI on home education numbers late 2011/early 2012. As a result of recent FOIs, I now have figures from 2005-2011 inclusive for 48 local authorities. In these authorities, between 2005-6 there was a 15% rise; between 2006-7, a 10% rise; between 2007-8, a 10% rise; between 2008-9, a 3% rise; between 2009-10 a 1% rise, and between 2010-11, a 1% rise.
Scroll down to see a combined graph showing the total number of children 2005-2009 in all local authorities featured on this page (61 out of 152) See also map showing how many home educated children in each local authority
Total Numbers From LAs With Complete Data for 2005 - 2009
Please note: The data from which the Totals graph was contructed is not data from all LAs. It is only a summation of the data from those who supplied information for all five years, currently standing at 61 local authorities (out of 152) Thus, it should not be taken as indicative of all local authorities in England nor of the number of children in the UK as a whole. The Welsh Assembly Government requests local authorities in Wales to return the number of home educated children in the annual Alternative Provision Census and some figures are also available for Scotland.