What have Children Missing Education got to do with home educators, you would rightly ask? Well it's all a question of how Local Authorities set about finding children missing a suitable education. Should HEors have to submit to routine checks in order to ascertain whether the education they provide is suitable or should they only come under scrutiny if others raise the alarm bell?
The question has huge constitutional consequences. Think about it for a second. Asking LAs to routinely check for a suitable education means that without doubt, the state is responsible for determining the nature of that education. The state becomes the ultimate arbiter in the matter. Not very British, all a bit scary, open to abuse, the easy road to totalitarianism. Far better that in the first instance, the nature of a suitable education be determined by individual families and the state only steps in when this situation has demonstrably failed.
Given the current constraints on the public purse and the natural (or more cynically subsequent) preference for small state politics of the Tory party, the drive towards localism, (devolving power to those whose lives are directly affected by the influence of that power), seems to be gaining ground in government circles. The whole thrust of Elizabeth Truss's testimony in the recent Education Committee , with her insistence that parents are responsible for a child's education, seemed to be going this way.
The draft guidance here seems to suggest the current preference for localism, suggesting, in effect, that HE families get on with it, and are only investigated when alarm bells are rung. In the meantime, LAs can get about alerting professionals such as GPs and the police to the issue of CME.
All this seems eminently sensible to me as it saves time and public money not screening bundles of healthy HE families, and instead allows resources to used where they are needed.
So yep, will be responding to the consultation (click on Response Form on the upper right (you will need Word), or else send a response to an email) to tell them as much.
Badman Report (replicable) Part 1here. Badman Report (replicable) Part 2here Badman Review Contents Links here Badman's Recommendations: here. Badman's View of Legislation:here Badman Report PDF: here Badman's Letter to Sel. Com:here Briefing Paper on HE, Dec 09:here CSF Bill:here CSF Bill (pdf): here CSF Bill according to DCSF: here CSF Bill 2nd Reading Hansard:here CSF Bill Timetable:here CSF Bill - Compatibility with HRs:here CSF Bill - Legal Analysis: here CSF Bill - Research Paper:here CSF Bill Wikiversity:here CSF Sel Com Inquiry into Review:here Critique of Badman Report:here Critique of Badman Data:here DCSF Better Regulation Executive: here DCSF Consult. Responses:here DCSF Press Release: here DCSF Summary of Badman Info:here Ed Balls Letter to Badman:here Ed Balls, Ministerial Statement:here EO Briefing Paper on CSF Bill: here Gov't response to Badman review: here HEors Responses to Badman Review:here HE Review Responses Overview:here Home Education Review (Feb 09): here Impact Assessment: here Impact Assessment Critiques: here Improving Schools/Safeguarding Bill:here LA Questionnaires (x3)here. LA Responses to Questionnaires:here LAs (25) for Indepth 6 Questions:here Lit. Review for Badman Review:here Lobby a Lord:here Public Bill Committee:here Public Petition to Parliament:here SAOs under CSF Bill here S437 with Amendments, CSF bill: here Select Committee Hearing Part 1:here Select Committee Hearing Part 2: here Select Committee Report: here Select Committee Transcript Part 1:here Select Committee Transcript Part 2: here Sel. Com Seating Plan, Part 1:here Sel. Com Seating Plan, Part 2: here Summary/Critique of Badman Report:here Terms of Reference for the Review:here
For what to do next about the Children, Schools and Families Bill,go here.
DSCF Position Statement re SEN and HE
Active Lords: here AHEd HE Review Briefing Paper: here Badman's Request for More Evidence: here Bloggers and the MSM on Badman:here. Children's Rights Links:here Consultation Reg and Monitoring results:here Cost Implications of Review:here CSF Bill Briefing Pack:here DCSF Position Statement on CSF Bill: here DSCF Position Statement re SEN and HE:here Funding Problems with Badman Recs: here HE Children's Survey Results:here Parliamentary Stages of Gov't Bill:here Passage of Legislation:here Public Bill Committee: here Public Petitions FAQ:here Mark Field's EDM: here Mass Lobby: here Not Back to School Picnics:here Poll Results: here Review Panel Members:here Select Committee Submissions: here Suitable Education FOI results: here Stats on Suitable Education:here Stats on Abuse in HE Community:here The Timetable:here Transcript of Public Bill Committee:here Wikiversity, CSF Bill:here