Author Ben Whitney

Ben Whitney

Ben Whitney is an independent education welfare consultant and trainer, with over 20 years’ experience in attendance management for two local authorities. He is the author of several books on both attendance and child protection. More information on his current training and consultancy services can be found at www.ben-whitney.org.uk.

Whole school policy Q&As

Q. Do I have to take a pupil off roll if their parent has requested home education? Do I have to let the home education service or anyone else know? What if I have safeguarding concerns?

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A. As usual, the answer is in the Guidance! The right to educate your child ‘otherwise than at school’ has always been part of our system. It is education that is compulsory, not necessarily going to a school to receive it, and the parent can change the arrangements they make at any time.

Working with partners Q&As

Q. Do I have to take a pupil off roll if their parent has requested home education? Do I have to let the home education service or anyone else know? What if I have safeguarding concerns?

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A. As usual, the answer is in the Guidance! The right to educate your child ‘otherwise than at school’ has always been part of our system. It is education that is compulsory, not necessarily going to a school to receive it, and the parent can change the arrangements they make at any time.

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