I was just about to send my mail of yesterday when what should drop on my doormat but a letter from my MP as follows:
"re: Home Education
You have contacted me in the past regarding the review of Home Education.
The Liberal Democrats believe that parents should be allowed and supported to home educate. Home education can provide a fantastic opportunity for many young people.
The Badman review has some clear flaws, not least in the very short consultation. Home educating parents as well as other groups, should have been given a much greater chance to contribute to the reivew.
I also agree that we should avoid creating unnecessary powers for local authorities. However, the right balance must be achieved between allowing the freedoms which many parents are able to use to give their children the widest possible opportunities in life, and making sure that all children are receiving a good and safe education.
We believe that parents should notify a new local authority if they move into a new area - there is no requirement for this at present. It is not acceptable that some Local Authorities almost totally wash their hands of pupils who are being home educated. Many home educators will not want or require support, but, if wanted, assistance should be available, for example to help arrange examinations.
There are a host of reasons why parents choose to home educate their children and we would want to ensure that the child's safety and interests are put first, and that the child's education is given the priority which it deserves.
With best wishes,
I think I will still send the Right Honorable Gentleman an amended version of my letter, for whilst it is great to see that he has already acknowledged at least some of the flaws in the Badman report, it may be that he is yet to understand the full extent of these errors which have only recently been revealed through the aggregation of the FOI results on the number of abuse cases in the HE community.