Rise in home schooling in Wales

The BBC today has highlighted the growing numbers of pupils being taken out of school and being home schooled with numbers doubling in Wales in four years. Many of those now home schooled are thought to be autistic and there are concerns many parents are given no option but to home school their children. Meleri Thomas, from the National Autistic Society Cymru, said "the school environment often proved too challenging for some autistic children. A lot of parents are finding themselves in positions where they have no options and the only thing they can do to help their children is to educate them at home even though they might not feel fully equipped to do that or want to." Mereli Thomas, and the Children's Commissioner for Wales, Sally Holland also raised concerns in this article that some schools appeared to want autistic children removed to improve their results or attendance figures. 

Date added: 17 November 2017