HED0904

Written evidence submitted by [a member of the public]

 

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The Committee invites written submissions addressing any or all of the following points:

Any duties local authorities have are already laid out in law and you should be aware of these already. There is no reason we should be doing your leg work. Any child’s (home educated or otherwise) education is the responsibility of the parent, not the LA.

A statutory register of home-educated children is NOT required. There is no need to keep track of children (or any persons) in this manner.

There are many benefits children can gain from home education and frankly I don’t have the time to list these for you. There is no reason to believe children receive any worse education from home than they do from state schools. The only disadvantages home educated children face are those imposed by government who do not provide equivalent financial support or opportunities to those children attending school.

Home educated children should have the same access to support as those attending school.

I fail to see what unregistered schools have to do with this inquiry about home education.

There is no current regulation of home education and there should be no future regulation of home education, therefore this question does not make sense. Regardless, inspection should play no role in home education whatsoever.

None.

The only impact I can think COVID-19 has had on home educated children is lack of access to exams. This can be said of all children in the country and has nothing to do with home education specifically. Online exams should be made available nationally for all exams. We certainly have the technology to do this. In most cases home educated children have probably handled the pandemic better than those who attend school as they are often used to self-directed learning.

November 2020