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***(UK) Removing "disruptive pupils" behind explosion in parents homeschooling

Feb 4, 2019, Telegraph: Number of home-schooled children doubles in four years, Children's Commissioner warns https://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/2019/02/04/number-home-schooled-children-doubles-four-yearschildrens-commissioner/ The number of home-schooled children has doubled in just four years, the Children's Commissioner warns on Monday as she said "off-rolling" disruptive pupils has fueled the rise. Anne Longfield called for greater supervision and wants the estimated 60,000 home-schooled children in England to be registered with local authorities after thousands dropped “off the grid”. She also believes stronger measures are needed to stop schools illegally pushing pupils off their books by persuading parents to home-school them, rather than having to exclude them A report by Ms Longfield, published on Monday, suggests the overall figure could be as high as 80,000 due to those who may have slipped off the radar of councils. The number of children who are known by councils to be home educated was 27 per cent higher in 2018 than in 2017. It has also risen by 20 per cent in each of the last five years – and doubled since 2013/14…. “We need to know who these children are, where they are, whether they are safe and if they are getting the education they need to succeed in life. “There is a clear case for the government to introduce a compulsory register for all home-educated children, without delay.” … Bullying and mental health issues are other reasons for parents removing their children from classrooms. … "But there are many other families who have ended up home educating for other reasons, and are struggling to cope. "Many of these children are very vulnerable, have special educational needs, or are unable to cope with a 'one size fits all' school system." Data from 11 local areas shows a 48 per cent rise in the number of children withdrawn from schools into home education between 2015-16 and 2017-18. … When local authorities offer to visit a home educating family, in 28 per cent of cases the family refuses, it suggests.