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Chamber and committees

Question ref. S5W-33331

Date lodged: 17 November 2020


To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-26737 by John Swinney on 10 January 2020, whether it will provide an update on the review of the home education guidance.

Current status: Answered by John Swinney on 2 December 2020


As set out in my letter to the Public Petitions Committee on 18 September 2020, my officials have been actively engaging with a range of stakeholders with a view to consulting on new draft guidance. This is a continuation of the work started in 2019, now taking into account any updates we need to consider regarding the impact of COVID-19 and the increased interest in Home Education.

These revisions will update the guidance to reflect changes to the education policy and legislation over the last decade. Final timescales are still to be set. However, I will ensure that the consultation on new draft Home Education Guidance is shared with the Committee and yourself as soon as it is published.