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 Post subject: Home educators should not expect support from central government
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Parents who educate their children at home should ask councils for financial support and help accessing exams rather than looking to central government for support, the education and childcare minister has said.

Elizabeth Truss told the education select committee that parents and carers who choose to educate their children at home had a “responsibility” to meet costs themselves, at her first appearance before the group.

A committee member pointed out that local authorities’ support for home educators varied across the country, but Truss insisted that it is not the DfE’s responsibility to achieve consistency from area to area.

“Getting consistency isn’t necessarily the right objective,” said Truss. “The right objective is trying to get the best possible service – that lies in the hands of local authorities.”

Truss also told the committee the government was not prepared to intervene with schools that are denying home educators help to access examination centres for their children.

But the charity Education Otherwise said that government should do more to make sure that support offered by local authorities meets a basic standard across the country.

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