Tuesday, February 10, 2009

The 60 LA questions

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About your local authority
Q1 Name of LA

Q2 Tel. No of main contact

Q3 E-mail of main contact

Q4 Would you be willing to take part in the next phase of the research in February/March (including in-depth interviews with key personnel in your organisation)?
yes

no

Q5 Which team(s) have the main responsibility for supporting and monitoring home educated children within the local authority and other agencies?

Q6 List all teams / professionals involved in supporting home educating families

Q7 List all teams / professionals involved in monitoring home educating families.

Q8 Describe how you ensure collaboration and communication between these teams / individuals

Data and Tracking
Q9 How many children are currently home educated in your local authority of primary age (Registered with LA)

Q10 How many children are currently home educated in your local authority of primary age (Non-registered with LA)

Q11 How many children are currently home educated in your local authority of secondary age (Registered with LA)

Q12 How many children are currently home educated in your local authority of secondary age (Non-registered with LA)

Q13 Total (Registered with LA)

Q14 Total (Non-registered with LA)

Q15 Are these figures accurate or based on estimates?
Accurate

Estimate

Q16 If accurate, where do you get this data from?

Q17 If accurate, how do you know the data is accurate?

Q18 If estimated, what data have you used to arrive at this figure? (List all sources)

Q19 How confident is the local authority in the accuracy of this data?
Very confident

Fairly confident

Don't know

Not very confident

Not at all confident

Q20 How often does the local authority get updated data? (List frequency for each source separately)

Q21 What proportion (as a percentage) of your home educated population is statemented for SEN? (please state whether accurate or estimate)

Q22 What proportion (as a percentage) of your home educated population is non-statemented for SEN (please state whether accurate or estimate)

Q23 What proportion (as a percentage) of your home educated population is from Gypsy, Roma and Traveller heritage (please state whether accurate or estimate)

Q24 What proportion (as a percentage) of your home educated population is made up of other Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) groups

Q25 Please list which BME groups.

Q26 Do you believe the local authority knows about all the home educated children in your area?
Yes, we are confident we know about all home educated children in the area

We think we know about the vast majority of home educated children in the area

We probably do not know about a fair number of home educated children in the area

We probably do not know about a significant proportion of home educated children in the area

Q27 Do you think that you will be better able to track children in your area in the near future? e.g. planned changes to your own systems, ContactPoint, other system improvements?
yes

no

Q28 Please use this space to add detail to the answer you have just given

Supporting Home Educating Families
Q29 How does the local authority ensure families know about their rights and responsibilities in relation to home education? (List all approaches used)

Q30 What support does your local authority provide to home educating families? (List all forms of support offered)

Q31 How does the local authority let families know about the services provided to support them in home educating their children? (List all approaches used)

Assessment and Monitoring
Q32 Following the initial assessment visit, are further monitoring visits made to a home educated child?
Yes

No

Don't know

Q33 If yes, how often, on average, are these carried out?
More than twice a year

Twice a year

Once a year

Less than once a year

Q34 Please use this space to add detail to the answer you have just given

Q35 On average, how often is the child seen when a visit is made?
Always, at each visit

Usually, but not always

Sometimes

Never

Depends on the child / circumstances

Q36 Please use this space to add detail to the answer you have just given

Q37 If the child is seen, where is s/he usually seen?
In the home

At the home, but do not go inside

Another venue

Depends on the child / circumstances

Q38 Please use this space to add detail to the answer you have just given

Q39 If you are not permitted access to a child, is any further action taken?
Yes

No

Don't know

Q40 If yes, what further steps are taken?

Q41 How is the suitability of the education provided to the child assessed? (Please describe)

Q42 Is the local authority clear about what the definition of a 'suitable education' is?
yes

no

Q43 Please use this space to add detail to the answer you have just given

Q44 Does the local authority have systems in place to track the educational progress of home educated children?
Yes

No

Don't know

Q45 Please use this space to add further detail to the answer you have just given

Q46 Of the home educated children in your area of whom you have knowledge, what proportion (as a percentage) in your estimation is receiving a suitable, full time (20hrs a week) education? (Please describe)

Q47 Does the local authority take any further steps if a home educated child's education was found to be unsuitable or not full time?
Yes

No

Don't know

Q48 Please use this space to add further detail to the answer you have just given

Q49 Does the local authority face any challenges in assessing whether home educated children receive a suitable education?
Yes

No

Don't know

Q50 If you answered yes to Q49, please describe the challenges and what you think could be done to overcome these

Q51 Thinking about your local area, in the last five years, how many cases have you come across that use the premise of home education as a 'cover' for child abuse, forced marriage or other aspects of child neglect?

Q52 Please use this space to add detail to the answer you have just given. Please include the number of Serious Case Reviews you know about that have a home education element.

Q53 Do you think the current system for safeguarding children who are educated at home is adequate?
Yes

No

Don't know

Q54 Please use this space to add detail to the answer you have just given

Q55 Do you think that home educated children in your local authority are able to achieve the five Every Child Matters outcomes? Please say why you think that for each of the five outcomes

Q56 Do you think there should be any changes made to the current system for supporting home educating families?
Yes

No

Don't know

Q57 Please use this space to add detail to the answer you have just given

Q58 Do you think there should be any changes made to the current system for monitoring home educating families and ensuring that home educated children are able to achieve the five outcomes?
Yes

No

Don't know

Q59 Please use this space to add detail to the answer you have just given

Declaration
Q60 Has the Director of Children's Services and the Lead Member for Children and Young People seen and agreed with the answers you have given above?
DCS

Lead member

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