‘Steady rise’ in number of youngsters being educated at home in Rotherham
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As of August 31, there were 397 pupils in home education, compared to 200 in the academic year ending in 2020.
A report to Rotherham Council states that there has been a year-on-year rise in the number of youngsters in home education, and a steeper increase in 2020-21 coincided with the national trend in the wake of the pandemic.
The number of home-schooled pupils peaks in year 10 in Rotherham, with parents reporting that their child is ‘not able to cope with the emotional demands placed on them as they progress through school, including the rigour of a KS4 curriculum and GCSE study’.
Mental health is the most commonly reported reason for home schooling, with bullying and SEND other commonly given reasons.
The report will be discussed by Rotherham Council’s Improving Lives Select Commission at their next meeting on October 31.