Well, the publicity is continuing post Badman review, with an article in the Guardian today about flexi-schooling with the tagline “New regulation for home educators could mean a rush to take up part-time schooling, a parent writes”.
I have commented as follows:
Just because the review was accepted in full by ministers does not mean that regulations will necessarily follow. The home education community does not accept the independence or impartiality of Graham Badman, and many of his conclusions are flimsy at best or based on personal opinion at worst.
It would be nice if the guardian would reflect some of the concerns of home educators about the review, rather than accepting it as a done deal!
That said, it would be good for ppl to have more access to flexi-schooling and for there to be more recognition that different children have different needs that can be met in a variety of different ways.
Please feel free to join in! The more times we put across our point of view the better I think.
Also in my google alert today, Parents’ anger at home education recommendations grows. Looks like we’re getting at least our emotions over there then! Their forums are buzzing with ppl’s views to be passed to the new Children’s Minister. Feel free to drop by and have a look.
And finally (for this post) Lord Lucas has been in action again. It’s well worth reading the Hansard report of the debate into the Welfare Bill and his amendment, as it becomes obvious that home education is becoming a more familiar topic of discussion in the House of Lords atm. I can only hope this is a good thing. Certainly having members of the legislature who have the first idea what they are talking about will have to help!