So much for the consultation! Arrangements to monitor home educated children are already in hand. See point 7 of the Improving Skills and Safeguarding Children Bill, released yesterday.
"improving monitoring arrangements for children educated at home".
There must be a procedural point here. Surely it shouldn't be possible to draft stuff into legislation before determining the outcome of the relevant consultation?
I think we must get talking to the BRE and pointing out that the government appear to be playing fast and loose with their code of practice on consultations, eg: criterion 1
"Consultation should take place at a stage when there is scope to influence the policy outcome. "
The Bill will be released in full today. The Guardian forewarns us and the of some of the contents.
We can let our views on the Bill be known here and perhaps we should be talking to the red tops about the general shamminess of the consultation process. This government is dishonest and it isn't just their expense claims.
The Telegraph has more on home/school agreements
Panoptican and Renegade Parent also comment on the issue.