A recent article in the Local Government Chronicle published just before schools broke up for the summer (subscription required) looks at how local authorities deal with home educating families and holds up Cambridgeshire as a model of good practice. Continue reading
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
The Lancashire elective home education [EHE] service has been radically transformed in the last few years. Lancashire has moved from being singled out in 2011 by Graham Stuart as “one of the most egregious examples” for home education services to being regarded as a model of good practice.
A number of local authorities have approached Lancashire for advice and support on how to
improve their own practice, and the Lancashire paperwork is used as a template.
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.
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