February 26, 2021

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Disappointment at home education strategy delay

THERE was disappointment at council that Welsh Government had delayed its work on guidance for home education.

Members of Ceredigion’s cabinet discussed its revised strategy for home education on Tuesday, November 3, with it having to be delayed while full details from Cardiff is awaited.

Council leader Cllr Ellen ap Gwynn said: “It’s disappointing that the minister has not moved on with this, it’s a matte that’s been discussed for years.

“I would like that there would be more control so that we could ensure that these children are being safeguarded, that’s what concerns us, and to make sure they are properly educated.”

The Children’s Commissioner for Wales, Sally Holland, will review the Welsh Government’s actions relating to home education after it said it would not be possible to complete the planned work before the next election due to Covid-19 delays.

The review will focus on decisions and actions pre-pandemic, a letter from the commissioner states, with concerns remaining despite work to progress issues over many years, it adds.

A report to states that Ceredigion’s education inclusion service will continue to make working with home educated families a priority but would postpone its revised strategy to “ensure that it aligns with the home education statutory guidance and draft regulations once implemented by Welsh Government.”

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