The Welsh guidelines

‘If a child is registered at a school their name cannot be removed from the school roll unless the school receives written notification that the child is to be home-educated. Where the child is attending a special school under arrangements made by the LA, parents must obtain permission from the LA before the child’s name can be removed from the register.’

‘After the school receives written notification of a parent’s intention to home-educatetheir child(ren), the name of the child(ren) must be removed from the admissions register (Regulation 8(1)(d) Education (Pupil Registration) (Wales) Regulations 2010). The school (including those in the independent sector) must make a return (giving the child’s name and address) to the LA within the 10 school days following the date of removal (regulation 12(3)).’

‘Where the LA has received notification of the school of a child’s withdrawal with the intention of being home-educated, the LA should write to the parents to acknowledge receipt of the notification. The LA should also consider whether there is evidence to indicate a cause for concern over the withdrawal. Where there are concerns such as those listed under the ‘Supporting the home-educating community’ section of this document (page 12), advice should be sought from the Education Welfare Service and relevant agencies and support or help made available to the family.’

‘LAs are not responsible for the provision of EHE or under any statutory obligation to support it. However, under section 436A of the Education Act 1996, LAs do have a duty to make arrangements to identify children not receiving a suitable education. The duty applies in relation to children of compulsory school age who are not on a school roll and who are not receiving a suitable education otherwise than being in school (e.g. at home, privately or in alternative provision).’

According to the flow chart in the guidance, after deregistration you can choose whether to have a visit.

If you choose NOT to have a visit, the LA will check with other services for any known concerns, if none are known then the LA will contact you again in 6-12months.

However, If you choose to have a visit, they will ask for another visit in 3 months to discuss the educational progress, if they deem the education suitable they will ask for another visit in a year. 

‘It is recommended that an initial meeting takes place with EHE families to discuss their provision and any advice and ongoing support they may need. Contact with the family should normally be made in writing and should seek a meeting or request a written update.
Meetings should take place at mutually agreed locations. Thereafter it is recommended that the LA seeks to make contact with home-educating families at least once a year. Where parents elect not to meet LA officers in their home, alternative arrangements should be sought.

These meetings are an opportunity to provide information and support to home-educating families, to listen and respond to any concerns they have. They also provide an opportunity to discuss the views of home-educated children and young people regarding the education they are receiving, their preferences, aspirations and ambitions. LA officers may wish to ask families to see specific examples of learning, e.g. pictures, paintings and models, diaries of educational activity, projects, assessments, samples of work, books or educational visits.
The LA should prepare a report after such contact, which should be copied to the family, stating whether the LA has any concerns about whether a suitable education is being provided. The report should detail any recommendations made by the LA and any actions to be taken by the LA on behalf of the parents. Any telephone communication should be followed up with a written confirmation of what has been discussed and agreed.
LAs are required to make arrangements to identify children of compulsory school age who are not receiving a suitable education (see ‘LAs’ responsibilities’, page 5). By using these meetings to develop good relationships with EHE families and maintain a positive dialogue with parents, LA officials are in a better position to support families that might be struggling to provide a suitable education.’


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