♦ 2 April 2019 : The Fight Continues
Education Secretary Damian Hinds issued a statement launching a new consultation – this time focusing solely on registration. On the same day, updated Guidance for Local Authorities and Parents was also published. It is very important that home educators acquaint themselves with the content of the new Guidance, as there are some changes that will impact how you interact with your Local Authority. For assistance with completing the consultation, it is recommended that you check websites like The HE Byte, or Ed Yourself, and join this Facebook group.
♦ 10 April 2018 : Home Education – Call for Evidence and revised DfE guidance
The government has now published the promised consultation and call for evidence on Elective Home Education. This consultation is obviously very important, and it is essential that all home educators take their time to read through the Draft Guidance for Local Authorities and for Parents, before proceeding to the consultation. Please take your time over your responses, and visit websites like The HE Byte for help in framing responses where needed.
You can also sign up for the Facebook group Draft EHE Guidance Consultation Group for further advice and discussion.
♦ 3 April 2018 : How to talk to your MP
Wonderfully helpful article by Martine Cotter for help on how to talk to your MP
♦ 21 February 2018 : Lib Dems’ New Education Policy Document
At their Spring Conference (March 11th) the Liberal Democrats will be discussing a new education policy document(see photo). Section 9 of this relates to home education. Read more here
♦ 30 January 2018 : Meeting with Lord Soley
On 30 January 2018, Lord Soley invited people who had written to him concerning his proposed Home Education Bill to a meeting at Westminster. I was fortunate to be able to attend. Read my notes here
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.
♦9 January 2017: Communities and Local Government Committee
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