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a page for news comment and information from Bournemouth




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Meeting the LA Education Department


Guidance on improving LEAs


Response to EHE guidelines consultation

(closed 31st July 2007)


Inclusion & Achievement

Bournemouth Borough council


1 Do you agree that it is helpful for the DfES to issue guidelines to local authorities?




2 Do you agree that the description of the law (paragraphs 2.1-2.3) relating to elective home education is accurate and clear?




3 Do you agree that the description of local authorities' responsibilities (paragraphs 2.5-2.11) is accurate and helpful?





It is accurate and clearly states that the LA has little power at all- but this leaves the LA in an invidious position with Home Educating Families as it has to be responsible for safeguarding children and for ensuring it only challenges where it has good reason to do so, yet is denied any effective means of acertaining this.


4 Do you agree that the section on contact with the local authority (paragraphs 3.4-3.7) is accurate and helpful?


Not sure



It is clearly stated but again leaves the LA in a difficult position as it seeks to reassure itself that a child is receiving suitable education.


5 Do you agree that the section on providing a full-time education (paragraphs 3.11-3.14) and in particular, the characteristics of provision (paragraph 3.13) -is accurate and helpful?


Not Sure



Whilst the wrtiting is clear the piece relating to: "If, on considering the educational provision, one or more of the above characteristics appear to be lacking, local authorities may choose to further investigate whether or not an efficient and suitable education is, in fact, being provided." again leaves the LA with a responsibility but little or no means to effectively carry it out. The guidance does not really help the LA unpick this.


6 Do. you agree that the section on developing relationships (section 4)is useful?




7a) Are the suggested resources in section 5 and appendix 2 useful?




7 b) Should any other contacts be included?


No response


8 Please use this space for any other comments you wish to make about the guidelines



The guidelins are welcome and very helpful in so far as they go. The problem remains that LAs have accountabilities placed on them but it appears little means of carrying them through effectively most obviously in the difficult cases were parents choose not to be co-operative/cultivate any relationship.
















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