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Number of children home-schooled in Wiltshire rises

Number of children home-schooled in Wiltshire rises

Published by Jack Deery at 5:48am 4th March 2020.

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New figures have showed that at the end of March 2019, 564 youngsters in Wiltshire were being taught at home.

At the same point in 2018, that figure was at 419, meaning there has been an increase of 35% in a year

The data, from the Office of the Schools Adjudicator, shows that the county's rise is well above the national figure of 15%

There's more than 60,500 children registered as home-schooled across the country. 

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Wiltshire has seen a big increase in the last year

CONCERN OVER FIGURES

The government body is warning that the number is likely to be higher in reality as parent's don't have to register that their child is educated at home. 

The Association of School and College Leaders has said they're concerned about the rising figures, as young people are better off at school. 

Geoff Barton, General Secretary, said:

"It is concerning to see that the number of children in home education has risen because it is our view that young people are best served by attending a school.

It suggests that in a small number of cases, the relationship between the parent and school has broken down, and this may have been exacerbated by the severe pressure which currently exists on schools and pupils.

Schools have had to make significant budget cuts, which have affected the extent of the support that they are able to provide to children with additional needs, and this may have led to unhappiness among some families."

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The Association of School and College Leaders say they're concerned about the figures

A spokesperson for the Department for Education has said they are looking into ways to make it easier for vulnerable pupils to access a school place when they need one.

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