Glasgow City Council


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Glasgow City Council home education policy

Education at Home

Parents/guardians are within their rights to make a request to educate their child at home rather have them taught at one of the local authority schools.

Who is entitled to educate their child at home?

Any parent/guardian can choose to do this as long as they provide an efficient education that is suitable for the age, ability and aptitude of the child.

Parents/guardians have a responsibility to inform the education authority that they wish to withdraw their child from school in order to educate them at home and to request the authority's consent

What kind of education do parents need to provide?

Parents/guardians who choose to educate their children at home do not have to follow the traditional school curriculum and do not have to use a fixed timetable that keeps to school hours and terms. They need to demonstrate that they are providing an education that is suitable for the child, with appropriate variety, resources and access to other children.

It is the parent's/guardian's responsibility to provide the curriculum and resources and to meet any costs associated with this.

What about formal qualifications?

There is no legal requirement for young people to take a particular set of qualifications. The internal assessment component of many qualifications can restrict the certification of external candidates.

Parents/guardians educating their children at home can make arrangements for their children to sit formal exams (for example, through their local college). Parents/guardians are responsible for any costs associated with this.

What happens next?

A Quality Improvement Officer will contact the family to discuss the application.

Parents/guardians are given an opportunity to outline their plans for education at home.

Parents/guardians can choose whether to submit a written outline of their plans, have a meeting or home visit.

Parents/guardians will receive a letter informing them whether the request is granted or whether further information will be required.

If consent is granted, the child's name will be removed from the school roll. From this time the parents/guardians are responsible for providing their child with an efficient and suitable education.

We will seek at all stages to allow a child to have the opportunity to express their view.

If consent is not granted, the Council must be clear about why the request has been refused. The parents/guardians will be given the opportunity to address the grounds on which it has been refused and resubmit their request if they wish.

What level of contact is there between us and home educating families?

A Quality Improvement Officer will make contact with the family on at least an annual basis to review progress and offer advice if requested. If there are concerns about the educational provision, more frequent contact may be requested.

Parents can choose whether to provide a written update or have a meeting. The child's views are also sought.

In situations where concerns have been identified and the parent/guardian has subsequently failed to improve matters, the Council can make an attendance order. This allows the parent/guardian up to 14 days to provide the Council with information to satisfy them about the quality of education on offer. If this is not done, the child will be expected to return to school.

What if the child has additional support needs?

A parent's/guardian's right to educate their child at home is not changed if their child has additional support needs. However, it is reasonable for the Council to ask parents/guardians how they plan to cater for their child's needs at home.

We have no obligation to provide financial or other support for children with additional support needs who are educated at home.

None named, used to be Kathryn Farrow.
FOI response states Caroline Darroch (see post #3 below)


On the face of it, this is not a bad policy that uses correct terminology and sets out the legal pocition. However, complaints about practice on the ground have been recorded in our private group.


Demonstration of anti-home education prejudice by Glasgow City Council staff in this Evening Times article from 30 March 2015.

Concern over monitoring of home-schooled children in the city

Kathryn Farrow, quality improvement for Glasgow City Council said: "Our records show that there are 58 children home schooled. There is a hidden population.

"We follow the current legislation to the letter.

"We are only required to contact families once a year. That might just be a letter from the parents.

"I've had crumpled notes sent back by parents. The letters could have been written by anyone.

"There is no doubt that some families do an excellent job.

"Some parents decide to send their children back into mainstream education. If they have additional support needs, it can be difficult for them to re-integrate.

"We are not sure how the named person scheme is going to work with home schooled children because it is assumed that head teachers will take this role.

"We know that families are offered support initially by organisations but we have concerns about the continued support that is offered."
This person clearly has super powers if she can detect invisible children.:humble: One wonders why she is not directing these super powers towards improving council schools and filling that pesky attainment gap.


Glasgow City Council Home Education FOI response

Glasgow City Council Home Education presentation for health visitors (ppt download), dated September 2013 and obtained via FOI.

There are similar presentations for primary and secondary head teachers which were disclosed in the following FOI response (13 April 2017).

Request under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (“the Act”)

Glasgow City Council (“The Council”) is treating your request as a request under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 and can respond to your request as follows:

1. Name and designated role of each person dealing with Elective Home Education (EHE) within the Glasgow City Council area.
Caroline Darroch, Quality Improvement Officer Glasgow City Council.

2. Educational qualifications and GTC registration status of each of these named persons.
MA Degree
PGCE in Primary Education
GTC Registration No. 92/2258

3. Summary of each named person's knowledge and experience in relation to EHE and non-council schooling
CD – Prior to Quality Improvement Officer role with remit for Home Education Primary Head Teacher within Glasgow City Council with experience of Home Education from school & family aspect.

4. Details of training on
(a) EHE

No formal training. Personal professional development through professional reading, shadowing and liaising with previous post holder
(b) Equalities and Diversity
Policies & Procedures Awareness
Equal Opportunities - 2014
Workforce Diversity information GCC intranet - ongoing
Glasgow City Council GOLD Training Course
Equalities: Equality & Diversity Awareness - 2015
(c) Data Protection
Glasgow City Council GOLD training Course
Information security – undertaken annuallyIntroduction to Freedom of Information and EIR – 2015
(d) Named Person Provision
In house training by lead officers – 2016
Personal reading – 2016/ 2017.

5. Copies of internal and external communications (from January 2013 to date) relating to EHE (including any which use inaccurate, but commonly misused, terminology such as 'home schooling').
Please click on link below for further information:

6. Dates / minutes (or summary) of meetings and stakeholder consultations at which 'named person' proposals for EHE families was discussed.
Whilst the previous post holder attended a meeting with the Scottish Government in June 2015 the Council hold no records on file.*

7. A copy of the council's guidance on the processing of personal data of home educating parents and home educated children, and details of how informed consent is obtained for such processing.
Information on data protection is generic across Education Services.
Copies of the guidance are attached.

9. Copies of any statements made to the media (between January 2013 and March 2017) in relation to EHE by named council employees and by whom these were authorised.
The following statements have been made to the media between January 2013 – March 2017 and in answer to the media enquiries outlined. These were issued and authorised by Fiona Ross, Glasgow City Council’s PR officer for Education:
1) 23 March 2015 – in response to an enquiry from the Evening Times asking for figures and background details on home schooling in Glasgow, the following comment was issued –
Glasgow City Council spokeswoman said “Currently we have 58 children known to us as being home educated.”
“However, we are also aware that there is also a hidden population who have never registered their children for education – might be good to raise this in the story and cover the legal aspect and responsibility of parents etc – we have an officer in the council who looks after this side of things and it might be good to arrange a chat between the two of you”
2) 16 September 2016 – in response to an enquiry from Good Morning Britain on the numbers of children home schooled in Glasgow over the last couple of years, the following comment was issued:
Glasgow City Council spokeswoman said: “The figures for the last few years were quite steady – round about 50 – 60 children.”

10. A copy of the social media policy for employees of Glasgow City Council (the only online reference I could find returned an error).
Glasgow City Council’s Social Media Guidelines on expected standards of conduct are attached.
* The Scottish Government holds no records of meetings either, but copies of email exchanges and briefings were obtained via FOI to Scot Govt in January 2017.

UPDATE: Buried deep in an entirely separate 2015 FOI response from Scot Govt we found this exchange which, by deduction, was with GCC since it alluded to recruiting 'parent volunteers' to 'help' with named person guidance for home education. How bizarre that no approach was ever made to local or national groups and that it was a covert exercise, presumably designed to cherry-pick collaborators for an illegal scheme that was ultimately defeated in court with the help of home educators.