Author Archives: Fiona Nicholson

About Fiona Nicholson

I'm an independent home education consultant, having previously home educated my son Theo. Based in Sheffield but often down in London.

Free Courses for Home Educated 15 year olds at South Essex College

NEW FOR 2018: South Essex College is offering free 1 year AQA English and Maths GCSE courses (or Functional Skills) for home ed 15-16 year olds (Y11) with the added opportunity for 2 hour taster sessions in different vocational subjects throughout the year.

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Birmingham: Free Sessions for Home Educating Parents Primary Age Children, July 2018

Services For Education    is working in partnership with Birmingham City Council to offer FREE  2 hour training sessions for home educating parents of primary age (5-11) children beginning on Wednesday 18th July.

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Background Information Lord Soley’s Home Education Bill


Here is some background information regarding Lord Soley’s Home Education Bill as set out in this FOI  from Hertfordshire CC, including correspondence from AEHEP in April 2017 and notes from the meeting with Lord Soley and others at the House of Lords in October 2017.

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Ofsted inspection home education quotes Dec 2017 – Jan 2018

Home education quotes in Ofsted inspection reports (children’s services safeguarding December 2017 to January 2018, representing the last in the cycle of Single Inspection Framework [SIF] inspections.

Click here for Ofsted guidance to inspectors about home education.  (Many inspection reports do not appear to follow this guidance)

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Draft Guidance Home Education Published Shortly For Consultation (England)

The Government has confirmed that it expects to publish draft guidance on home education in the next few weeks. Once the draft has been published it will be subject to a public consultation process.


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