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(UK) N. Yorkshire: "Autism is also a feature" behind the 800% increase in homeschooling

Dec 3, 2018, Scarborough News: Number of North Yorkshire children being homeschooled has increased by over 800% https://www.thescarboroughnews.co.uk/news/number-of-north-yorkshire-children-being-homeschooled-has-increased-by-over-800-1-9474423 The number of children being homeschooled in North Yorkshire has increased by more than 800% in the last five years, new figures have revealed. In 2013/14 just 70 children were educated outside of a school. By 2017/18 that figure had reached 659, an increase of 841%. … It states that parents have the right to move their children to what is known as Elective Home Education (EHE). The county carried out a survey of 121 parents and carers of EHE students to find out why they wanted to educate their children outside of school. A common theme was linked to the support offered to children with complex needs and also to mental health issues, often caused or made worse by bullying. … “An unaccommodating school ‘culture’ in relation to not meeting the specific needs of the ‘individual’ child, leading to increasing parental (and pupil) disillusionment with the mainstream education system. Autism is also a feature. … “Where parents do not feel listened to or confident in the school’s ability to meet the particular special educational or health needs of the child, they sometimes feel as if removal from the school roll is their only option.” Seven percent of those contacted said they took their child out of school to avoid an exclusion. …