(UK) Derbyshire homeschool numbers double; SPED needs/exclusions blamed

Aug 6, 2018, Derbyshire Times: Surge in Derbyshire home schooling as number of county kids not going to school almost doubles The number of children who are taught at home in Derbyshire has almost doubled in three years – but the actual figure is unknown, with many kids not registered at all. Elective home schooling is on the rise, with the number of children being taught from home increasing from 495 in July 2015 to 808 as of July this year. However, Derbyshire County Council says that this is “likely to be higher” because there is no legal requirement for parents or carers to notify the authority if they have chosen not to register their child or children with a school…. It is thought that the rise in children being home schooled is partly explained by parents choosing to look after children with special educational or mental health needs themselves. Another reason may be parents avoiding the permanent school exclusion of their child. Some believe that schools “off-roll” pupils which are on the verge of permanent exclusion and advise parents to home-school them instead – however the frequency of this occurring has not been substantiated, a recent report by the county council revealed.