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Question ref. S5W-26737
Asked by: Beatrice Wishart, Shetland Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats
Date lodged: 16 December 2019


To ask the Scottish Government, further to the letter from the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills to the Education and Skills Committee, which was referred to at the meeting of the Public Petitions Committee on 19 September 2019 (Official Report, c.10), whether officials have reviewed the guidance on home education, which the Cabinet Secretary indicated would be undertaken in 2019, and whether any changes have been made.

Current status: Answered by John Swinney on 10 January 2020


My officials are continuing to review the current Home Education guidance. Officials met and corresponded with local authorities and representatives of home education organisations during 2019. Their views are currently being considered and an updated version of the guidance will be prepared for consultation in 2020.

I wrote to Johann Lamont MSP, Convener of the Public Petitions Committee on 19 October 2019 and confirmed that my officials will inform the Committee when a revised version of the Home Education Guidance is published for consultation.