Tag Archives: Barry Sheerman

my first 20 blog posts

I started blogging a month ago. These are my first 20 blog posts Continue reading

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Making a connection with your MP

These are some of the outcomes achieved by home educators from talking to their MPs

  • Mass presentation of petitions to parliament
  • Mass lobby of MPs
  • Setting up of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Home Education
  • Parliamentary events on various home education topics
  • Private members debate in parliament
  • MP visiting local groups
  • MP putting forward Early Day Motions in support of home education or against increased regulation
  • MP writing to the Secretary of State for Education on your behalf (it doesn’t matter which political party your MP is, all can do this)
  • Opposition MPs putting your questions to one of the party spokespeople for Education

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What’s New in the New HoC Note

The House of Commons Library produces briefing notes for MPs and other interested parties, and has come up with a new paper on home education just before parliament closes down for the election period. I am guessing they may have done this because home education is a topical issue with backbench MPs being asked by constituents.

Following from my last blog post, here is a quick comparison between the 2010 Note and the 2015 Note 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

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