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Written Statement - Publication of non-statutory guidance  for Local Authorities on elective home education

Huw Lewis, Minister for Education and Skills

In October 2015 I issued a statement outlining reasons why there was a delay in publishing non-statutory guidance for local authorities on elective home education.  My intention at the time was to publish the guidance this winter allowing officials time to consider all of the responses received during the consultation exercise.  

In view of the expected release of the child practice review into the death of Dylan Seabridge, I have decided to defer publication of the guidance to allow us the opportunity to consider the review’s findings and ensure our guidance reflects them where appropriate.  

This statement is being issued during recess in order to keep members informed.