confusion over lincolnshire home education policy consultation details

Lincolnshire’s home education policy consultation closes mid-day Monday July 20th. Parents were notified by letter in mid June.

After a bit of a search, I found the relevant web page 

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The first link is the Elective Home Education Policy Be aware that this is the CURRENT policy (2011) – for comparison purposes – and not the new draft.

The second link is EHE information Opening this up, it is headed LINCOLNSHIRE’S APPROACH TO ELECTIVE HOME EDUCATION (2014)

The third link is Draft Elective Home Education Policy Revision Jun15. This is the new draft policy.

The fourth link is letter/consultation return for proposed changes to EHE policy Jun15. This is the letter about the consultation which was sent out to parents. (In passing, I can’t see a link to the draft policy in the letter)

WALKTHROUGH

In order to respond to the consultation, you need to read the letter which says the following:

Please rate the statements below according to how strongly you agree or disagree on a scale of 0 to 5 with 0 being strongly disagree and 5 being strongly agree

1. The policy is a useful document
2. It is easy to understand
3. The language used is less intimidating than the existing policy
4. There is too much emphasis on LA rights
5. There is too little emphasis on parent’s and children’s rights
6. The draft policy is more supportive of home educating families than previously
7. It will be a useful document for new home educators
8. Visits for more experienced home educators being determined by mutual agreement (see 6.10 in policy) is an improvement

Please submit your views and comments, whether positive or otherwise to EHE@lincolnshire.gov.uk and put Consultation in the subject line. You may also submit your views by post to Elective Home Education Consultation, Elective Home Education Administrator, Lincolnshire County Council, Newland, Lincoln, LN1 1YQ.

Responses should be sent by Saturday 18th July 2015 to be received no later than 12.00 mid-day on the 20th. Thank you for your help

Here is the new draft policy.. This opens by saying it should be read in conjunction with ‘Elective Home Education Procedures’.

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This is where it starts to get complicated. There is no link to ‘Procedures’ from the home education web page, so I googled ‘Lincolnshire ‘elective home education procedures’ and found THIS

I have no idea whether these ‘Procedures’ are still current, whether they will be applicable when the new policy takes effect in September, or whether they come under the scope of the policy consultation. They may be OUT OF DATE, as noted here.

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(I hope ‘Procedures’ ARE out of date since they refer to an ‘initial visit’ with the Education Welfare Officer where families will be offered a ‘Team Around the Child’ (TAC) assessment. “In the event of a parent refusing a visit from the EWO, or the initial visit appointment is cancelled twice then the IAT will send out a letter, within 5 working days, to the parents notifying them of the Education Provision Visit.” Procedures goes on to say that the Education Provision Visit is carried out by an EHE Adviser within 3 months and the Adviser will issue a report where provision is judged ‘suitable’, judged ‘suitable but with reservations’ or judged ‘not suitable.’)

I will probably make a response to the consultation based on the new Draft Policy alone and NOT ‘Procedures’. I might say something about EHE Information because it’s grouped with the new draft policy and letter to parents, although the page isn’t called ‘Consultation’ so I’m not 100% sure whether it is in scope or not.

I fully accept that if I had begun my consultation response sooner I could probably have resolved these queries.

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