Monday, June 29, 2009

Cost Implications of the Review

EO's summary of current state of affairs with regard to funding of monitoring and support schemes for home educators, here.


Baroness Delyth Morgan, 29th June 2009, here:

"An impact assessment is not required for the consultation at this stage as the proposals are still at an early stage of development. We do not expect them to place any significant additional burdens on local authorities as most already monitor home education, and our proposals will provide additional powers that will assist local authorities in dealing more efficiently with the small number of cases where home education does not come up to scratch. If we decide to proceed with legislation we will publish an impact assessment and will place a copy in the Library of the House."


From Hansard, November 3rd 2009, on Government estimates: here and as follows:

"Ms Diana R. Johnson: We estimate, subject to discussion with the Local Government Association, that the overall additional costs for implementing the registration and monitoring elements of the Badman Review recommendations will be £21.65 million in the first year with additional ongoing annual costs of £9.78 million.

We estimate that an additional support package for home educated children will cost a further £21 million in the first year rising to £22 million in subsequent years. This is based on an estimated cohort of 25,000 home educated children who all seek additional support. We know that this estimate may be too low and we will adjust our funding commitments as Local Authorities get more clarity over the numbers of home educated children and the services they may seek.

The 28 recommendations are wide ranging but the financial costs fall into the following broad categories:

Estimated cost

First Year Ongoing

Registration and deregistering from schools












Support package







Home Education Advisory Service (HEAS) would beg to differ somewhat. They estimated that the proposals will cost between £60 million and £500 million to implement.

Michael Crawshaw, who wrote the report for HEAS, said:

“New spending will come from three sources:

First, a requirement that local education authorities construct a new layer of administration to register, assess and monitor home education.

Second, the local authorities will also be instructed to pay for some exams and open up school facilities to home educated children; facilities that are already at full stretch. While this aspect of the proposals would be welcomed by home educators it amounts to just 8% of the new spending.

Finally there will be a rise in the state education population as a number of home educated children are forced into schools.”


Michael Crawshaw's revised report in the light of the announcement from the DCSF can be viewed here.


Partial Regulatory Impact Assessment from the 2007 EHE Review: here

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