Monday, 17 December 2012

Consultation on the revised statutory guidance on children missing education for local authorities

Just had a very quick glance at what I assume is the revised guidance although it didn't seem to be labelled as such.

This bit jumped out immediately, could be helpful or could be problematic.

"Children with statements of special education needs can be home educated but the relevant local authority must provide the special educational provision specified in the child’s statement."

It is a very simple consultation form, very different from the leading questions and hidden agenda of the ones we are used to.

Consultation Response Form
Consultation closing date: 15 February 2013
Your comments must reach us by that date.

Department for Education statutory guidance for local authorities in England to identify children not receiving a suitable education 
Consultation Response Form

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Completed questionnaires and other responses should be sent to the address shown below by 15 February 2013
You can respond to the consultation by completing the response form and emailing it to or sending it by post to:

Department for Education
C/o Juliette Duah
Behaviour and Atendence in Schools Division
Sanctuary Buildings
Great Smith Street

There is a consultation document here.

Might need to have a look at this when it comes out.

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