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(UK) More than 600 Shropshire kids homeschooled; schools not providing for SPED students

Mar 9, 2020, Shropshire Star: More than 600 children home schooled in Shropshire https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/education/2020/03/09/more-than-600-children-home-schooled-in-shropshire/ More than 600 children were home schooled in Shropshire last year, new figures have revealed. The Association of School and College Leaders says it is concerned by a national rise in the number of home-educated children, and that young people are better off at school. Data from the Office of the Schools Adjudicator (OSA) shows that 648 children were home schooled in Shropshire during 2018/19 – a rise of 23 on the year before. … Across England as a whole, a 15 per cent rise over the period meant more than 60,500 children were registered as home-schooled in March last year. The OSA, which works with the Department for Education (DfE) on school admissions, said in its annual report that the figure was likely to be higher in reality, as parents do not have to register their children as home educated. Shan Scott, the government body’s chief adjudicator, said that more than 100 councils expressed concerns that some parents who opt for home education may not be able to meet their child’s needs…. “It suggests that in a small number of cases, the relationship between the parent and school has broken down, and this may have been exacerbated by the severe pressure which currently exists on schools and pupils. Register “Schools have had to make significant budget cuts, which have affected the extent of the support that they are able to provide to children with additional needs, and this may have led to unhappiness among some families.”… A DfE spokesman said the department was looking into ways to make it easier for vulnerable pupils to access a school place when they need one. He added that the DfE “will use the findings of this report to ensure the school admissions system continues to help deliver good school places for even more pupils and parents”.