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(UK)Parents coerced into homeschooling over 50K students not served in school

Jan 18, 2019, Daily Mail: Councils claim schools are 'coercing' parents to home-educate children in a bid to avoid excluding them - as number of UK pupils rejecting classroom hits record high of 52,000 last year https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6606423/Councils-claim-schools-coercing-parents-home-educate-bid-avoid-excluding-pupils.html Councils across the country have claimed that schools are 'coercing' parents to home-educate their children in a bid to avoid exclusion. A total of 52,770 children across all 152 local authorities were reported as being electively home educated in the Office of the Schools Adjudicator (OSA) annual report for September 2017 to August 2018. The figure shows an increase from a survey in 2015-16 that estimated about 37,000 school children were registered as being educated at home, reports the Guardian. In 2016-17 48,000 children were being home educated in the UK, reports the BBC. However parents do not have to register their child as being home schooled so the number could be even higher. In the report Chief Adjudicator to the Secretary of State for Education, Ms Shan Scott, said local authorities were most concerned about children removed from school over their poor behaviour or attendance. … She explained how one authority reported that parents had told them 'they have been coerced to become electively home educated' with some schools preparing a letter for parents to sign advising of their intention to electively home educate. … Some parents told Ms Scott that they'd been advised by their child's school to home school them to avoid a permanent exclusion on their record. Other reasons local authorities were told parents had chosen to remove their children included not getting a place at their chosen school, being worried about bullying and their child's special educational needs not being met. Several local authorities referred to increases of between 40 to 70 per cent in recent years in the numbers of children electively home educated. One local authority had registered an additional 100 children in the previous month alone. … Some parents told Ms Scott that they'd been advised by their child's school to home school them to avoid a permanent exclusion. … Around 30 per cent of pupils who leave their school between years 10 and 11 have SEN, reports the Guardian. Any parent can take their child out of school and educate them at home. ...