Education Otherwise than at School

Response to the consultation

Evidence submitted in response to this Consultation

Purpose of the consultation

The Children, Young People and Education Committee is undertaking an inquiry into the range of Education Otherwise that at School (EOTAS) provision including Pupil Referral Units. It will focus specifically on the:

  • Reasons for and support available for children and young people at risk of EOTAS, including through their exclusion from mainstream provision
  • How effectively parents are engaged and supported throughout the EOTAS process
  • The variation in rates of EOTAS for children and young people with particular characteristics (such as learners with special educational needs or who are eligible for free school meals) and the consequences of this
  • The levels of financial support available to support EOTAS and children and young people at risk of becoming EOTAS and whether this represents value for money
  • Responsibility and accountability for the education of pupils who become EOTAS
  • Attainment of children and young people EOTAS 
  • Outcomes and wellbeing of children and young people EOTAS
  • The quality of support provided to children and young people in the range of EOTAS provision
  • Professional development support for Pupil Referral Unit staff, including those who provide home tuition
  • The potential risks for children and young people EOTAS such as increased barriers to accessing mental health support, increased risk of involvement with crime and the criminal justice system such as ‘county lines’.
  • Other issues closely linked to EOTAS, for example managed moves, and the ‘off-rolling’ of pupils

The Committee’s inquiry will include individual home tuition but will not focus on the separate issue of elective home education.

The consultation closed on 18 October 2019.


How can parents and staff have their say in the inquiry?


As part of our inquiry, we developed a survey to ensure families accessing EOTAS and staff working in EOTAS provisions could share their comments and experiences and feed into the wider inquiry.


We have produced a summary of the results.


Providing Written Evidence

The Welsh Parliament has two official languages, Welsh and English.

In line with the Welsh Parliament’s Official Languages Scheme, the Committee requests that documents or written responses to consultations intended for publication or use in Welsh Parliament’s proceedings are submitted bilingually. When documents or written responses are not submitted bilingually, we will publish in the language submitted, stating that it has been received in that language only.

We expect other organisations to implement their own standards or schemes and to comply with their statutory obligation.

Please see guidance for those providing evidence for committees.

Disclosure of information

Please ensure that you have considered the Welsh Parliament’s policy on disclosure of information before submitting information to the Committee.

Contact details

Should you wish to speak to someone regarding this consultation, please use the below contact details:

Children, Young People and Education Committee
Welsh Parliament
Cardiff Bay
CF99 1SN

Telephone: 0300 200 6565



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