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Home education for children with additional learning needs – a better choice or the only option?

Maxwell, Nina ORCID:, Doughty, Julie ORCID:, Slater, Thomas ORCID:, Forrester, Donald ORCID: and Rhodes, Kathryn 2020. Home education for children with additional learning needs – a better choice or the only option? Educational Review 72 (4) , pp. 427-442. 10.1080/00131911.2018.1532955

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This paper presents findings from a study undertaken in Wales on the safeguarding of children educated at home. Findings revealed that just under a third of home educators had children with additional learning needs who were removed from school due to what parents reported as negative experiences. These experiences included the suitability of a school system based upon assessment and attainment for children with additional learning needs and a failure to provide adequate support. The decision to home educate was not taken lightly, with parents persevering in attempts to make school work for their children. Similar issues are identified in recent media coverage in England and Wales which has suggested that rises in home education may be due to parents “off-rolling” their children because they feel forced out of schools that are unable or unwilling to promote inclusive practices. Findings showed that it was not school-based education that was rejected intrinsically, but rather the extent to which schools could meet their child’s needs. In the advent of the Additional Learning Needs and Education Tribunal (Wales) Act 2018, these findings suggest that a more nuanced understanding of education is required where home education, either full-time or combined with school attendance, may be in the best interests of the child.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Children’s Social Care Research and Development Centre (CASCADE)
Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0013-1911
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 11 October 2018
Date of Acceptance: 3 October 2018
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2023 19:08

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