Huw Lewis, Minister for Education and Skills
In May, the Welsh Government consulted on non-statutory guidance for local authorities on elective home education. The main purpose of the guidance will be to assist local authorities with supporting their home-educating families, and to help create a more consistent approach to how LAs engage with their home-educating communities. The guidance will assist LAs to develop and improve upon their knowledge on home education.
I was pleased that the consultation generated a considerable number of responses on a wide range of matters. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who responded to the consultation. The responses raised some important points, and it has taken longer than expected to thoroughly consider them all and incorporate the appropriate changes to the guidance. The intention was to publish the final guidance in September; however for the reasons I have outlined the guidance will be published this winter.