IMPORTANT READING! 9 January 2018: Freedom of Information Request – correspondence around Lord Soley’s Bill

Highly relevant summary of correspondence between Lord Soley and various local authority officers September to December 2017 as per this FOI request.

25 November 2017: Lord Soley’s Bill and New Home Education Guidelines (Fiona Nicholson)


27 June 2017:  Home Education (Duty of Local Authorities) Bill [HL]

Baroness Morris of Yardley, on behalf of Lord Soley, presented a bill to make provision for local authorities to monitor the educational, physical and emotional development of children receiving elective home education; and for connected purposes. It was read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 11).

It is important to stress that this is a private members bill, originating in the House of Lords. It would have to move through a number of processes before it would stand any chance of passing into law (see Parliament website here where you can sign up for updates).  Apparently it is really quite rare for a private member’s bill to actually become law, so there is no need for panic at this point.  However, should you wish to make your feelings known on the matter, you may write a letter to any of the Lords (taking care to use correct spelling and grammar).  There is a Facebook group set up specifically to discuss the progress of this bill. There you will also be able to ask for help with letter-writing, and view files which give some background to historical attempts to change the law on home education. For support via this page on this issue, please use our contact page.

Communities and Local Government Committee 9 January 2017:

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Dame Louise Casey: “The other thing that I talk about in the report is the growth of home schooling. I didn’t have to work very hard during the course of the review to find areas and people who are concerned about what that growth of home schooling is. I therefore think that there are multiple reasons why we should be much clearer about where children are being educated.”

See also: Christians in Education