A. THE DUTIES OF LOCAL AUTHORITIES WITH REGARDS TO HOME EDUCATION, INCLUDING SAFEGUARDING AND ASSURING THE QUALITY OF HOME EDUCATION;

 

1. Children who have already been on a school register will automatically become known to the LA, and LA’s have no excuse to not follow up 2. It is the legal duty of parents to educate their children, and having a register would imply that they need to

1. Current guidance is adequate, the problems occur when LA’s use their

powers incorrectly. Increased regulation would sadly be likely lead to LA’s overstepping even more.

2. It's clear in the home educating community that LA’s with a good relationship with home educators, built on mutual trust and respect, have far more positive interactions and outcomes.

3. When LA's choose to become cohersive and harass home educators, they create a hostile relationship, which will be less cooperative and can in no way be in the best interests of the children. 4. There are already procedures in place to deal with welfare concerns in order to protect every child, whether they're home educated or schooled. Safeguarding is no more an issue within the home educating community than it is amongst children at school.

5. The reason a number of people feel the need to home educate is because the quality of education and support their child has received in school is gravely lacking and that they have been failed by the system. Therefore, it feel unfair for there to be such a focus on the quality of home education. 6. I would like to think that the assumption would be that the vast majority of parents want the best for their children and for them to become self-sufficient, independent, happy, fulfilled adults. Whereas there is no real consequence for schools if the child succeeds or fails once they’ve left. 7. The new EHE Guidelines have led a number of LAs to incorrectly believe they have duties that they don’t have in legislation, and are not supported by case law. The guidelines have been used to essentially retrospectively the scope of legislation (Section 436A).

 

B. WHETHER A STATUTORY REGISTER OF HOME-EDUCATED CHILDREN IS REQUIRED; 1. Children who have already been on a school register automatically become known to the LA once the child is de-registered, so there is no reason for LA’s to not follow up.

2. It is the legal duty of parents to educate their children. The need for a register suggests that they need to be checked up on. 3. The need for a register suggests that the State are in charge of home education and not the parents.

4. Statutory registers are currently used for sex offenders, and proposed for domestic abusers. It isn't mandatory for any other law abiding citizen to be registered nationally. It's insulting that this would be enforced as a result of a positive choice made to meet their moral and legal parental duties.

C. THE BENEFITS CHILDREN GAIN FROM HOME EDUCATION, AND THE POTENTIAL DISADVANTAGES THEY MAY FACE; 1. It's wonderful how home educated children get to benefit from a unique, tailor made education, which is adjusts as their needs change 2. It is straightforward for parents to tailor education to special educational needs 3. Children who have sensory issues can learn far better and happily in the comfort of their home environment, instead of in a noisy classroom. 4. Children are able to follow their interests and can learn much faster without being subjected to the constraints of school bells, assemblies and timetables. 5. Children with mental health issues can benefit and thrive so much by being at home and away from stressful classroom environments. 6. Children have the freedom and joy of being able to progress at their own pace. 7. Many children have the opportunity to move into entrepreneurial activities and have the opportunity to develop their own businesses 8. A vast number of home educated children complete successfully complete their education at home and go on to college, university and work.

 

D. THE QUALITY AND ACCESSIBILITY OF SUPPORT (INCLUDING FINANCIAL SUPPORT) AVAILABLE FOR HOME EDUCATORS AND THEIR CHILDREN, INCLUDING THOSE WITH SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS, DISABILITIES, MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES, OR CARING RESPONSIBILITIES, AND THOSE MAKING THE TRANSITION TO FURTHER AND HIGHER EDUCATION; 1. Home educators receive very little support, financially or otherwise. 2. Children with SEN do not receive the funding to which they are entitled 3. Parents need to organise and fund exams. 4. Every child in the UK should have equal access to support, if needed, and on a voluntary basis, no matter where they are educated.

E. WHETHER THE CURRENT REGULATORY FRAMEWORK IS SUFFICIENT TO ENSURE THAT THE WELLBEING AND ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT OF HOME EDUCATED CHILDREN IS SAFEGUARDED,

INCLUDING WHERE THEY MAY ATTEND UNREGISTERED SCHOOLS, HAVE BEEN FORMALLY EXCLUDED FROM SCHOOL, OR HAVE BEEN SUBJECT TO ‘OFF-ROLLING’;

 

1. I strongly believe the present framework is sufficient, although it would be very beneficial in so many ways for LA’s to receive training in the law and home education 2. Unregistered schools are not home education.

 

F. THE ROLE THAT INSPECTION SHOULD PLAY IN FUTURE REGULATION OF HOME EDUCATION;

1. It would be impossible for Government to ensure that all LA's apply the same standard or consistency. 2. Inspection can be subjective and can be used to abuse and exploit families 3. A register would be a considerable waste of funds which would be spent on monitoring resentful but otherwise law abiding home educators, whilst abusive parents and those who run unregistered places of learning will be driven further underground. 4. This money could be far better spent - for example in improving alternative provision and making it easier for home educators to get the qualifications they need.

G. WHAT IMPROVEMENTS HAVE BEEN MADE TO SUPPORT HOME EDUCATORS SINCE THE 2010-15 EDUCATION COMMITTEE PUBLISHED THEIR REPORT ON ‘SUPPORT FOR HOME EDUCATION’ IN 2012; 1. Not much. It may have actually made things worse. Current guidance leaves too much interpretation by individual LA’s. This isn't helped by the lack of knowledge LA's can of EHE.

H. THE IMPACT COVID-19 HAS HAD ON HOME EDUCATED CHILDREN, AND WHAT ADDITIONAL MEASURES MIGHT NEED TO BE TAKEN IN ORDER TO MITIGATE ANY NEGATIVE IMPACTS.

1. The restrictions have made it so that home educated children could not meet socially. 2. It has been hard for home educators to understand what they can and can't do due to vague and unhelpful guidance.