Monday, April 30, 2007

HE Rights - epetition reply

"We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to Allow home educators to be free from the interference of Local Education Authorities."

Government's response

The Government respects the rights of parents who choose to educate their children at home. Local authorities have a limited scope for intervention if it appears to them that a child in their area is not receiving a suitable education. We do not believe it is unfair for local authorities to scrutinise the quality of provision when legitimate concerns are raised. This should be done sensitively, and recognise that home educators do not have to follow the National Curriculum and have a broad discretion as to how and when education takes place.

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