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Important News - DfE Call for Evidence and Consultation

On 10 April 2018 the Department for Education issued a ‘Call for evidence on greater oversight of children whose parents elect to educate them at home, and consultation on revised DfE guidance documents.’ The consultation closes at 11:59pm on 2 July 2018.

The call for evidence regarding education otherwise than at school covers registration of children educated at home, the monitoring of home education provision and support for home educators.

DfE asked for comments on two draft guidance documents about elective home education. The drafts are a significant and unwelcome splitting of guidance into one set for local authorities and the other for parents. These drafts are intended to replace the current well established and mostly correct ‘ Elective home education: guidelines for local authorities’.

Download EO's response to the consultation

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