Parents could be making ‘knee-jerk’ decisions to home school children, Ofsted report warns

Chief inspector Amanda Spielman said parents should not switch to home education “simply to resolve difficulties” in schools – such as avoiding exclusion or prosecution for non-attendance. The Independent reports

There was often no communication about the decision prior to the child moving and consideration of what was the best outcome for the child was not always discussed, Ofsted was told. 

The inspectorate’s study, based on research with families, schools and councils in the East Midlands, looked at why children move to home education from secondary school.

Figures suggest that as at autumn last year, there were an estimated 58,000 children being educated at home, up by about 27 per cent on the previous year.

“In extreme circumstances, moving a child to home education took as little as a day,” it says.

Read more Parents could be making ‘knee-jerk’ decisions to home school children, Ofsted report warns 

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