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Monitoring Response NI

Letter to send to the ELB when they attempt to monitor/ask for a visit.


Your Name



Education and Library Board



Re NAME dob 00/00/00

Thank you for your letter/phone call/visit of * x date*.  We have taken advice, are aware of our responsibilities under Article 45 part 1 of the 1986 Education and Libraries (NI) Order and are satisfied that we are providing ***** with an education which is suitable to his/her age, ability and aptitude as well as being full time. We would like to advise you that we do not require the visit offered for x date nor do we envisage choosing one at a further date. If we need to contact your office for help or support we will of course do so.

Under Schedule 13 part 1 of the Education and Libraries (NI) Order 1986, the board shall intervene if it appears that parents are not providing a suitable education, this does not include the right to go looking for concerns. This section states that:

“If it appears to a board that a parent of a child of compulsory school age in its area is failing to perform the duty imposed on him by Article 45, it shall serve a notice in writing on the parent requiring him to satisfy the board, within such period (not being less than fourteen days beginning with the day on which the notice is served) as is specified in the notice, that the child is, by regular attendance at school or otherwise, receiving suitable education.”

We have chosen to not to meet a representative of the EWO/EHE and this does not constitute a reason to believe an education is not taking place.  We are willing to correspond in writing :




IF YOU ARE NEW THEN INCLUDE: As we only deregistered on x date, we will be taking some time to de-school and adjust to Home Educating we therefore ask to be allowed this period of time to settle in.



You can add nothing more and wait to see if they request any written information.
Write a paragraph or two about the educational provision (not including the level of work the child is at, keep it simple, their remit is provision not levels attained). (See sample REPORT/ED PHIL).

Mindful of the above we presume that no evidence has come to your attention which would cause you to believe that the education provided is inadequate, we therefore do not expect to hear from you again other than to confirm receipt of this letter.

Yours sincerely

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