There is now a mere 2 weeks left in which to complete the government survey: Home Education – Call for Evidence and revised DfE guidance.
This survey is long, it is arduous, and it is tricky. Veteran home educators and bright minds alike have wrangled with it. For some, upon reading the questions for the first time, there may be a temptation to simply give up and walk away. It appears to put the ordinary folk, who will be most affected, at a distinct disadvantage, particularly when they are home educating, and busy with children for most of the day. For this reason, two petitions have been launched in protest against the consultation and how it has been presented: There is an online one at change.org, and there are also petitions being signed around the country to be presented to MP’s. To find out more about paper petitions in your area, you need to join this Facebook group and you should be pointed in the right direction. But hurry! Time is running out!
It is very important to attempt the consultation too. Putting it off will not help, as it is not something you can do quickly, and the website may crash if everyone leaves it till the last day.
There is help to be had with this survey – The HE Byte has produced some helpful PDF documents here, and you can also view the submission of the Centre for Personalised Education for guidance. You may find it helpful to print some of these out to keep alongside you as you make your own response. Please use your own words as far as possible, as “cut and paste” responses may be dismissed. Many of the questions are “loaded”, so be sure to make it clear if you agree or disagree, and you might even wish to simply state that you believe the current guidance is sufficient and does not require change.
If you feel that you simply do not have enough time to complete the document in its entirety, you have two options:
- Follow the advice given by The HE Byte, and answer selected questions only, or just Question 26 (and refer to it where necessary in other questions
- Write an email as described here, conveying your thoughts on the main issues.
Please make a start today! You can save and exit, and come back when you need to. But don’t ignore it and hope everyone else is responding, or think that it will simply disappear. Don’t make the mistake of thinking this doesn’t concern you – our taxes pay the salaries of civil servants, and it is important that we remind them of this by engaging with the process. This is the time to make sure your voice is heard – there are enough home educators in the UK to make an impact on this, but we need MANY voices to be heard, and to be heard loudly!
Take a deep breath, click on that link, and make a start today! There’s not a moment to lose!