Monthly Archives: February 2015

AEHEP Post 3

Launch of the Association of Elective Home Education Professionals Part 3

Second Set of Questions

  • Encouragement and validation helps families 
  • Philips versus Brown: discuss 
  • Where are our powers if there is a Child Protection Plan or a Child In Need Plan? We work with these families on a daily basis.

Second Answers
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AEHEP Launch Post 2

Launch of the Association of Elective Home Education Professionals Part 2

Next up was Stephen Bishop, the civil servant from the Department for Education who has day to day responsibility for elective home education which take up around 5% of his time. The department welcomes the setting up of a national body which is recognised to be easier to deal with, although they would not be closing their door to regional forums and individuals.

SB said that the role of DfE in elective home education is an odd one. The Department is not particularly active. There are government guidelines dating from the past administration which are still current, which SB commented “tells its own tale.” Continue reading

AEHEP Launch Post 1

The launch of the Association of Elective Home Education Professionals took place in the impressive surroundings of the Gladstone Room in the Palace of Westminster on Thursday February 26th. Continue reading

That is certainly wrong

Yesterday I had a quick look at a new report from the Department for Education.

I was distressed to read the following:

“Parents of children of compulsory school age (aged between 5 and 15 at the start of the academic year) are, by law, required to ensure that their children receive a suitable education through regular attendance at school.”

What’s missing is “or otherwise.”

Parents are required to ensure that their children receive a suitable education through regular attendance at school or otherwise.

School is not compulsory. Continue reading

Does Barry Sheerman Speak Hungarian?

I recently went to a talk at the Institute of Education given by Barry Sheerman, the former Chair of the Children Schools and Families Select Committee.

During his talk, which ranged over a wide variety of topics including career advice, autism, cuts at Kirklees Council, faith groups, banter with the formerly home educated Caitlin Moran, the Trojan Horse inquiry in Birmingham, scruffy back rooms and so on, Barry told us he’d met a Hungarian lady recently who had 2 children she was going to home educate.

Barry was confident the audience would agree that this is simply not right. Continue reading