"This information has been provided by the Review Team:
The independent review of home education will gather, analyse and interpret a wide range of evidence before it reaches any conclusions and makes recommendations to Ministers. It is imperative that the process is supported by a range of experts to ensure recommendations are rigorous and firmly rooted in evidence.
Role and remit
The Group will act as a ‘critical friend’ to the Review team. It will be used to cross check the interpretation of evidence and gain expert insight into key issues, such as the operation of current processes and practice within LAs; child development and the outcomes of home educated children; and child protection for example. It will also act as a sounding board for emerging findings and recommendations, ensuring they are based on firm evidence, are workable and will actively improve outcomes for children.
The group will not be asked to comment on drafts of the review report but may be invited to check specific parts of it, for example, aspects of the report that are pertinent to their area of expertise.
We anticipate that the Group will meet approximately three times during the course of the review (January – May 2009), with meetings of approximately 1-1.5hrs. Travel expenses will be paid.
The Expert Panel
|Early Years, home learning environment, child development||Professor Ted Melhuish, Birkbeck, University of London|
|Education / curriculum||Mick Waters – Director of Curriculum, QCA|
|Child protection / 3rd Sector||Delroy Pommell, Director, London and the South East, Barnardos|
|Safeguarding||Steve Hart, (HMI, Ofsted)|
|SEN||Jean Humphreys (HMI, Ofsted)|
|3rd Sector||Paul Ennals – Chief Executive, NCB|
|ICT / future technologies||Professor Steve Heppell, Trustee of NotSchool.net|
|Children’s rights||Sue Berelowitz, Chief Executive, 11 Million|
|Safeguarding||Professor June Statham, Institute of Education|
|Education||Professor James Conroy, Dean of Faculty of Education, University of Glasgow|
|SEN||Beth Reid, National Autistic Society|
OK, at the very least I shall be trying to contact Susan Berelowitz to tell her that when polled, a large majority of HE children say they would prefer not to see LA personnel and that of course, this must be given due consideration, not simply because this is only right, but also because it says so under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child: