Freedom of information response

Electively Home Educated children

Publication date: 
Thursday 1 June 2023
Request: 

Please provide the current number of Electively Home Educated (EHE) children known to your authority.

Please provide the number of School Attendance Orders (SAO) served in relation to EHE children since 1/9/2022.

Please provide information on how many of those SAOs were revoked.

Please provide the number of those SAO's prosecuted for non compliance.

Response: 

Please provide the current number of Electively Home Educated (EHE) children known to your authority - 346

Please provide the number of School Attendance Orders (SAO) served in relation to EHE children since 1/9/2022 – fewer than 5

Please provide information on how many of those SAOs were revoked fewer than 5 reason an order was revoked can include applications were made voluntarily, evidence was provided that EHE was suitable or the child was enrolled at a school.

Please provide the number of those SAO's prosecuted for non compliance 0

We are unable to provide an exact number for question 2 & 3 above as:

  • There is a low number involved.
  • The release of this information could identify individuals which would constitute their personal data under the Data Protection Act
  • There is no prior expectation on the part of these individuals that their personal information would be published in the wider public domain under the FOI Act
  • Personal data of any other person is exempt under section 40 (2) of the Data Protection Act.

However in the interests of transparency we are able to provide this information to you categorised as fewer than 5 to give you an indication of the figures

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Request reference:
FOI 12752