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Home education bill is set to soar for Sussex taxpayers
6:30pm Friday 12th July 2013 in News
Taxpayers might be paying more than £659,000 a year for students in the city to be educated at home.
Students educated through the Self Managed Learning College (SMLC) will need to be funded by Brighton and Hove City Council as of next year.
For the financial year 2013/14 various changes to the school and local authority funding system have come into effect and the Department for Education (DfE) has provided revised guidance for local authorities on the funding of home educated children.
The council currently pays for 16 students to be home schooled.
Two have been home educated since arriving in Brighton and Hove, eight have cited their unhappiness with their previous school, three have alleged bullying, one was unhappy with their school allocation and one previously attended an independent school where they were unhappy.
The current cost for funding the 16 pupils is £62,400 a year – £3,900 for each student for an academic year.
Brighton and Hove City Council is currently aware of 169 children who are home schooled and should their circumstances stay the same it would be up to the local authority to fund their education.
Given the potential scale of the funding implications and to allowparents of children at SMLC the opportunity to make representations, a consultation of those affected began on June 17.
The issue is to be discussed at a Children and Young People Committee meeting on Tuesday.
The consultation is due to end on September 9.
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