Increasingly, local authority staff in some areas are seeking samples of children’s work from home educating parents. A survey of 2,217 home educating parents finds that the seeking of samples of a child’s work is adding to the increasing divide between home educating families and their authorities.
It is without doubt that public bodies need trust to develop in relationships with members of the public in order to fulfil their duties. It is incumbent upon the DfE and public bodies, to recognise the harm being done to relationships between home educating families and LA staff and to work cooperatively with those families to improve those relationships.
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