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(UK) Schools pressure parents of special needs/behavioral needs kids to homeschool

Nov 15, 2018, Telegraph: Schools are putting parents under pressure to home school pupils who they want to expel, report finds https://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/2018/11/15/schools-putting-parents-pressure-home-school-pupils-want-expel/ Schools are putting parents under pressure to home school pupils who they want to expel, a report has found. The number of children being home educated has risen by 27 per cent in the last year, according to a survey of local authorities carried out by the Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS). Around 57,800 children were home schooled in 2018, up from 45,500 in 2017 and 37,500 in 2016. Debbie Barnes, chair of the ADCS educational achievement policy committee, said that in some places, schools are using home schooling “as a means to illegally exclude children with special educational or behavioural needs”. Some parents said that when schools threaten to permanently exclude their children, this can lead to a home education “decision”, according to the report. One local authority said that they attribute the rise in home education to the trend for strict behavior approaches at schools. Another authority reported that schools often “suggest” home education to parents when they are “under threat of warnings” over the behaviour or attendance of their children. …