The Local Authority (LA) can ask you for copies of a child’s work. What it cannot do is demand such copies particularly under threat of a notice under the Education Act 1996 s437 (a notice to satisfy the LA) or School Attendance Order (SAO).
Some LAs will ask for copies of work where they have concerns that the education provision is not suitable, or where the parent has provided little or no information about the education. This is legal and reasonable. Some LAs will demand copies of work or ask for a wide range of work and serve formal process (s437 notice, SAO) if it is not received, regardless of how good the education information provided is, or how long the parent has been home educating. This is not legal or reasonable.
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