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Home schooling on the rise in West Norfolk

Home schooling on the rise in West Norfolk

Published by KLFM
5:00am 6th March 2020.

A jump in the number of children being home schooled in our area is a similar trend to what's happening nationally.

While there's been a 15% rise in home schooling across England, in Norfolk that figure boosts to 22%.

However, these numbers are likely to be even higher, as parents don't have to register their children as home-educated.

The Association of School and College Leaders says it's concerning and that young people are better off at school.

Geoff Barton from the Association of School and College Leaders says it is important to remember that home education is still rare across England.

“Nevertheless, it is concerning to see that the number of children in home education has risen because it is our view that young people are best served by attending a school,” 

“It suggests that in a small number of cases, the relationship between the parent and school has broken down, and this may have been exacerbated by the severe pressure which currently exists on schools and pupils.

“Schools have had to make significant budget cuts, which have affected the extent of the support that they are able to provide to children with additional needs, and this may have led to unhappiness among some families.”

Councillor Judith Blake says:

“We know that most children get a good education at home and fully support parents' rights to home-educate their children.

“In a minority of cases where home-schooled children are not receiving a suitable education or being educated in a safe environment, councils need the powers and appropriate funding to enter homes or other premises to speak to children and check their schooling."

A Department for Education spokesman said the department was looking into ways to make it easier for vulnerable pupils to access a school place when they need one.