Clarification

9th October 2009 at 01:00

We would like to clarify that the article "Parents who teach pupils at home to be vetted" (June 12) did not intend to suggest a direct causal connection between the Baby P case and the Badman review of home education, nor that the review was linked to DCSF guidance, mentioned separately in the article, about safeguarding children involved in prostitution. We would also like to clarify that the statement that "approximately 35,000 children are not receiving a basic education" was an extrapolation, based on the maximum figure cited for home-educated pupils and personal estimates from four home education inspectors. As the Badman review noted, the total number of home-educated children remains unknown. About 20,000 home-educated children are currently known to local authorities nationwide.

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