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Education Otherwise than at School
The Children, Young People and Education Committee undertook an inquiry into the range of Education Otherwise that at School (EOTAS) provision including Pupil Referral Units. It focussed 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 included individual home tuition but did not focus on the separate issue of elective home education.
Senedd Research produced blogs with more information on this topic:
Date, Agenda and Minutes
1. Evidence session
Ann Keane, Former Chair of the Welsh Government EOTAS task and finish group (group ceased to exist early 2017)
Professor Brett Pugh, Chair of the Welsh Government delivery group for EOTAS (current group
2. Children’s Commissioner for Wales
Sally Holland, Children’s Commissioner for Wales (via video conference)
Jane Houston, Policy Advisor – Office of the Children’s Commissioner for Wales (via video conference)
Jassa Scott, Strategic Director
Dyfrig Ellis, Assistant Director
Denise Wade, Her Majesty’s Inspector
4. Representatives from Teaching Unions
Mairead Canavan, Vale of Glamorgan District Secretary and National Executive Union (NEU) Executive Member
Tim Cox – Wales Policy and Casework Official, NASUWT
Dilwyn Roberts-Young - General Secretary, Undeb Cenedlaethol Athrawon Cymru (UCAC)
5. Welsh Local Government Association and Association of Directors of Education
Sharon Davies, Head of Learning, Torfaen County Borough Council and representing Association of Directors of Education in Wales
Nick Williams, Director of Education, Swansea City and County Council and representing Association of Directors of Education in Wales
David Hopkins, Interim Head of Education - Welsh Local Government Association
6. Samaritans and Mind Cymru
Sarah Stone, Executive Director for Wales - Samaritans
Liz Williams, Policy and Communications Officer – Samaritans
Dr Ian Johnson, Manager, Children and Young People’s Mental Health – Mind Cymru
On 28 November 2019, Committee members visited three settings supporting children and young people receiving education otherwise than at school (EOTAS). These settings were located in Bridgend, Cardiff and Caernarfon.
We produced a summary (PDF 186KB) note
The Minister for Education was due to give evidence on 19 March 2020 however, the COVID -19 pandemic required the Committee to re-purpose this session. As a substitute for the session the Committee wrote (PDF 274KB) to the Minister for Education for a written update. On the 16 October 2020 the Minister for Education provided a response (PDF 725KB).
On 23 March 2021 the Committee wrote (PDF 276KB) to the Minister for Education highlighting the key principles arising from evidence received for the EOTAS inquiry.
Any response received from the Welsh Government will be published on this webpage after the election on 6 May 2021, and will be referred to the Sixth Senedd committee responsible for matters relating to education.
Business type: Committee Inquiry
Reason considered: Senedd Business;
First published: 25/06/2019
- Letter to the Minister for Education - 23 March 2021 PDF 226 KB
- Citizen Engagement: EOTAS Online Survey Summary – 19 March 2020 PDF 225 KB
- Additional information from the Children’s Commissioner for Wales - 25 February 2020 PDF 149 KB View as HTML (3) 24 KB
- Letter from the Minister for Education - EOTAS Framework Update - 26 July 2019 PDF 854 KB
- Letter to the Minister for Education - EOTAS Framework Update - 28 June 2019 PDF 108 KB
- Education Otherwise than at School (completed)