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Update to Summer 2021 exam options

19th February 2021, we have received notification that Cambridge Assessment International Education (CAIE) Exams 2021 (May/June Series) have been cancelled in the UK. CAIE have said: “For schools in the United Kingdom, this means that exams for Cambridge IGCSE, O Level, and International AS & A Level will no longer take place. We will say […]

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Portsmouth CC: potential for a judicial review

Portsmouth City Council has been sent a letter before action, in accordance with Pre Action Protocol for a judicial review.   Portsmouth Home Education Group raised the funds necessary to seek guidance from a well-respected barrister through crowdfunding on chuffed.org in less than 24 hours. The advice given means they are proceeding to the next […]

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Examinations update

  Great news for those wishing to sit IGCSE’s this summer. UPDATE: IGCSEs will go ahead this summer. Pearson provisional timetable here. Cambridge International provisional timetable here. We will continue to seek more options with decision makers.   As one of our resource providers reminds us: ‘24 hours is a long time in politics’ and […]

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Report on home education trends

Recently, a wave of misinformation has flooded the media, and sadly, the halls of power. The LGA has released a report claiming up to 1.1 million children are ‘not in formal education’, implying that there were 1.1 million home educated children. Further, the Chair of the Commons Select Committee on education, Mr. Robert Halfon, made […]

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EO response to the misinformation of Mr Halfon and Mr Watts

Education Otherwise is the home education charity in the UK and counts amongst its trustees researchers in the field.  As a charity, we received the BBC Radio 4 ‘Today’ programme interview with extreme distaste, as a result of the deeply prejudicial nature of comments made by Robert Halfon MP, chair of the education select committee […]

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Government Restrictions for lockdown: home education

New government restrictions for the month-long lockdown have been released.   Out-of-school activities (including wraparound care) may continue to operate if their primary purpose is providing registered childcare, or where they are offering other childcare activities, where this is reasonably necessary to enable parents to: work or search for work undertake training or education   […]

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Urgent: Home Education Inquiry

Home Education Inquiry     Parliamentary Committee call for evidence   The Education Select Committee has announced a review into home education.   ‘The Committee invites written submissions addressing any or all of the following points:   The duties of local authorities with regards to home education, including safeguarding and assuring the quality of home […]

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Annual General Meeting

  Our Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on 15th October 2020 at 1pm. In view of current Covid 19 arrangements, Education Otherwise has made the decision to take a step into the future by holding the meeting via ‘Zoom’. Details of the meeting will be posted nearer the time.   At the AGM […]

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Website News

Education Otherwise trustees have brought a new website and ‘brand’ image update to our charity. We are pleased to be able to offer a clear and accessible, modern look to the site and to be able to present our information in a dyslexia friendly text. Our new logo was designed by competition and reflects the […]

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