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Do home educating families have a viable means of redress when their local authority conducts itself unreasonably during its enquiries?

Much has been said in the House of Lords during the passage of the schools Bill, in respect of remedies available to home educating families if their local authority does not act reasonably. This brief analysis examines the facts behind that contention. A parent can complain to the local authority. Freedom of information requests made […]

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Wales: why parents choose home education

Elective Home Education (EHE) is of equal legal status to school education, it is a reasonable and legal choice to make and it is not a safeguarding risk. Notwithstanding, the Education Minister Jeremy Miles, has made clear his view that the best place for every child is in school. Many parents do not agree with […]

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What, How, Why, Peter Inson

‘What, How + Why: A manual of Better English’ describes itself as ‘the go-to guide for anyone who wants to improve their English’ and for many people it will do precisely what it says on the packet. The approachable and informal style Peter Inson uses will, without doubt, help those who find formal texts impenetrable […]

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Education Otherwise response to Baroness Barran

Education Otherwise published a briefing paper on the Schools Bill which has been shared with MPs and peers. Baroness Barran has responded to that briefing paper to those individuals, but not to Education Otherwise. Education Otherwise is not discourteous and on that basis, has written directly to Baroness Barran to reply. Equally, we feel that […]

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Schools Bill For School Families

For parents of children in schools, the Schools Bill represents a frightening ‘power grab’ by the DfE. Even former education ministers in the House of Lords have raised concerns over that. Under the Bill: 1. All schools must become academies, ending the dual system under which church schools have always operated. 2. New academies can […]

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The Schools Bill: Briefing paper

The Schools’ Bill has been introduced and had its first reading in the House of Lords. Home educating families and organisations that have an interest in the development of children are horrified by its content. Home educating families have been repeatedly assured that this Bill would go no further than mandatory registration of home educated […]

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Home Educating Families’ Views of Local Authority Requests for Samples of Children’s Work

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 […]

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Deregistration: Schools and local authorities failing to act lawfully

Short blurb: The Centre for Personalised Education report on parents’ experiences of deregistering their child from school demonstrates a clear divide between legal requirements and actions of schools and local authorities in practice. Parents who declined a m,meeting with the school had their deregistration unlawfully refused in a third of cases. Click Here For The […]

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