Unwarranted government intrusion into family life.

I was watching the local news tonight, and it turns out that the two policewomen banned from looking after each other’s children live in this area, so were interviewed on the show. They were doing each other a favour – job sharing and childcare sharing, in much the same way women in communities have done […]

Are we just a crackpot minority?

You know, us home educators who are ranting and raving about invasion of privacy following the Badman review of home education, are we just fringe nutters? I admit we’ve made some unusual choices in our life. It isn’t standard to home educate your children after all. And if you don’t home educate them, finding a […]

What’s it all for?

The parent of every child of compulsory school age shall cause him to receive efficient full-time education suitable- (a) to his age, ability and aptitude, and (b) to any special educational needs he may have, either by regular attendance at school or otherwise. So what’s a suitable education? From Home Education.org.uk 1.5 There is no […]

A chink in the armour?

On Weds I was heartened to receive an email from the Select Committee on Children, Schools and Families, advising me of their inquiry into the review. Along with a response from the UK Statistics Authority implying that they are looking into the statistic use of Badman’s review, and an increasing number of MPs signing up […]

Swimming and MMORPG

Small spent most of Tuesday expanding his understanding of RPGs. Every now and then he needed to regroup and spent some time back with CBeebies, mainly on tikkabilla He got lots out of fusion fall, and then eventually, I dragged him out of the house for his swimming lesson. That meant that we walked to […]

Complaint to The UK Statistics Authority

Hi I am writing to express my concern at the statistics used to inform Graham Badman’s review of home education, released 11 June 2009. The review can be found here as a free download. and the particularly disturbing section, on which the vast majority of the call to action and most upsetting recommendations are based […]

Next, the under fives.

The introduction of a compulsory annual visit by a health visitor or trained advocate is suggested to ensure that the most at-risk children (about 68 per cent of cases involved children from birth to four) can express concerns to a professional. No, it’s not scaremongering or thought provoking posting from a home ed related blog […]

Democracy in action?

Tonight I am feeling betrayed and let down by a man who in all reality has no responsibility to me at all. Lord Lucas has placed an amendment against the Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill as follows: 311 Insert the following new Clause— “Support for home education Support for home education (1) The Secretary […]

Home education review, what can we do now?

Lord Lucas asks To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, as required by the Code of Practice on Consultation, they have published an impact assessment to accompany the “Registration and Monitoring Proposals” consultation following Mr Badman’s report on Elective Home Education; and, if so, whether they will place a copy in the Library of the House. […]

Broad and balanced v intrinsic motivation.

This review does not argue against the rights of parents as set out in Section 7 of the Education Act 1996 outlined above, nor their deeply held convictions about education. I believe it would be wrong to seek to legislate in pursuit of an all embracing definition of “suitable”. However, such is the demand and […]

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