With the Department of Education asking things of Home Educators that are over and above the law, ie: home educators should
"deliver a broad and balanced curriculum that is suitable for the age, ability and aptitude of each of their children",
home educators must do our utmost to point out that, under the 1996 Education Act, the broad and balanced bit only applies to schools AND, what's more, this law presents all parents with yet another reason why education law is far from perfect, and this because "broad and balanced" may well not be suitable for some children.
And this is putting aside any (HUGE) quibbles about what "broad and balanced" actually means. From observing the learning of a child who pursued a series of apparently obsessive interests to the apparent exclusion of all other activities, it has transpired that though this study he has gained a wide range of transferable skills at the same time as developing huge competence in the area of study. Perhaps a better way to go after all?