Monday, December 28, 2009

ITV Anglia News: Home education


ITV Anglia News 8/12/09

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Home-ed news around the world

USA
Mom turns to homeschooling to avoid 'experiments' on autistic child The school psychologist wanted to put the child in a room and expose her to known triggers to see how quickly she escalated and what her behavior would be.

Sweden

Court endorses 'kidnapping' of 7-year-old - Social services allowed to keep custody of homeschooled child

"Any nation that severely restricts the ability of parents to choose alternative forms of education, including home education, in the name of creating national unity, cannot call itself a free nation. Freedom necessarily requires the individual to have the liberty to think differently and believe differently than programs instituted by the current rulers of any nation. Educational freedom is the cornerstone for all freedom of thought and conscience," said Michael Farris, HSLDA chairman.

UK
It appears that the NASUWT supports a school-based system of education for all and reckons that the only way the Government can meet the Every Child Matters' aims is by making schooling compulsory for all children. FFI see this months' issue of their magazine (article on p. 23). You can read the NASUWT's submission to the consultation here.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Protect children but don't abandon civil liberties

Home educators were incensed that inspectors would be coming into their homes to check on the welfare of their children. In general, I am on the side of those who oppose more state control over our lives. I do not think social services have a role in home education - though I do think it reasonable for the quality of education children receive at home to be monitored. Read more.

School dissatisfaction leading to rise in home education... the "legal option" for parents to opt for home education is often not promoted very strongly. Read it here.

On Milwaulee, local families choose homeschooling: The object of admiration, suspicion or even derision, home-schoolers -- like all families -- are not easily categorized. There are nearly 20,000 home schooled kids in the state and each family has its own unique set of circumstances as to why they opt out of the system. Continues here.

Finally, Michigan seems to be going for the Badman approach, with Detroit News turning homeschooling moms and dads into the Bogeyman.

Monday, December 21, 2009

A home educated princess?

Lenska said she was born in New Jersey as the youngest of six children. Her education came entirely from homeschooling after the age of 10. She said she did not grow up thinking of herself as a princess. Instead, her family chose to keep its lineage private because Leszczynski was not a popular king and her family found the history painful. Read more...

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Kiddicare news: homeschooling on the up

Ann Newstead, spokesperson for Education Otherwise, said: "People are finally becoming aware of the fact that home education is a legal option in this country which is something nobody actually flags up to parents." Read more...

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Home-schooled pupils fall off radar

The education of at least 150 children in the Black Country has slipped off the radar. The figures come after Dudley released GCSE results for 101 home-educated children which raised concerns over achievement. Read more...

Also on the news
The Detroit News Wants to Regulate Homeschooling
High-Flying Home-Schoolers

Autism reality


Trailer of a critically acclaimed documentary film about autism by Alex Plank, an autistic film director. At 7mns30s: the usual story of how schools and teachers just don't understand and the resulting suffering for the aspie child...

Friday, December 18, 2009

Welsh concerns following the Badman report

Welsh Grand Committee in Parliament yesterday

Mark Williams: Before the hon. Gentleman moves on from education, he will be aware of the concerns expressed by many of our constituents about the implications of the Badman report. The Bill to which he alluded gives the National Assembly, quite rightly, the power to undertake an inquiry and to take action as it sees fit. Does he share the concerns of many of us in Wales about the knock-on effects of the Badman report on home education throughout Wales?

Mr. Llwyd: Like the hon. Gentleman, I have been lobbied extensively about the Badman report, and I presented a petition on it to Parliament last week. Currently, it is an England-only matter, and, to be honest, I have considerable faith that the National Assembly will be able to deal with things differently, as it did very early on in abolishing the rather strange tests that popped up all the time. We do things slightly differently in Wales, and sometimes we do them better. I believe that this is a case in point, and that we can and will be able to deal with the matter in a more acceptable way.

Lembit Öpik: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Mr. Llwyd: I do not want to take too many interventions, as I am keeping others from speaking.

Lembit Öpik: I am grateful for the hon. Gentleman’s generosity. A Mrs. McBride came to see me on this very matter. Is he aware of any serious impact assessment that accompanies the Badman report? As far as I can see, it is a completely disproportionate response to a theoretical concern.

Mr. Llwyd: The hon. Gentleman is right. As I said, I am confident in our colleagues across the political spectrum in the National Assembly. I am sure that they will do the right thing. It is a draconian report, and it is troubling for those who have always home educated their children, so I am hopeful that we will take a different view in Wales.

Mrs. Gillan: I have taken some interest in the Badman report because I, too, think that adopting its proposals would amount to undue interference by the state in the personal lives of all our constituents. Under the framework powers in the legislation, it is proposed that home education powers pass down to the Assembly, and as the hon. Gentleman’s party is in government, I would like his guarantee that the Badman report will not be implemented in Wales.

Mr. Llwyd: When I questioned the hon. Lady earlier, she said, “It is not for me to decide—it is for my colleagues”, so I think that the French word is touchÃ(c). I am not going to guarantee anything at this stage.

Mrs. Gillan: But you are in government.

Mr. Llwyd: Yes, we are in government, but I thought that the hon. Lady was hoping to be in government. Perhaps she is not really, but there we are. Let me put it this way: I sincerely hope that our colleagues in the National Assembly will take a different view of the Badman report. I am fairly sure that they will, but for obvious reasons I can offer no guarantees.

From here (scroll down to middle of column number 34).

Still on the news...

Miss Anne McIntosh, MP for the Vale of York and Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Thirsk, Malton and Filey, presented Vale of York Petition on Home Education:

“The Government's response to the Badman review unfortunately places many admirable home educators under an unwarranted cloud of suspicion. The need for monitoring must not become a barrier for parents who wish to home educate their children.” Read more...

Also: House of Commons Report Concludes That Flawed Govt. Proposals On Home Education Must Be Rectified

Thursday, December 17, 2009

What were the costs of the EHE Review?

Education: Home Schooling
Question asked by Lord Lucas: To ask Her Majesty's Government what were the costs of the Review of Elective Home Education in England by Graham Badman; and what were the costs of the information-gathering exercises which have followed it. [HL430]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Children, Schools and Families (Baroness Morgan of Drefelin): Following careful consideration Ministers have decided that this information will remain confidential because of the potential impact on those involved in the review. There have been a large number of postings on various websites and blogs harassing Mr Badman and the apparent campaign is continuing. The department will review the position again in the new year.

The information-gathering exercise that followed the review did not incur any external costs as it was conducted by departmental officials.


From here.

Schools Minister's response to the CSF select committee report on EHE

Schools Minister Diana Johnson said:

We’re disappointed the Select Committee’s press release has a negative headline, but...

Read the rest here.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Select committee criticises plans to monitor home-education

The Select Committee Report is now available here. Pdf version here.

Balls's plans for home education should be scaled back, Sheerman says. Select committee criticises plans to monitor home-educating families as 'too aggressive'. Read it here.

Change urged for home-school plan - Parents who choose to home-school their child should not be forced to register with their local council, a cross-party group of MPs has said. More here...

More parents 'educating children at home' - Growing numbers of parents are shunning state schools to educate their children at home, according to MPs. Here.

The Big Question: Should the parents of home-schooled children be forced to register? - Why are we asking this now? A report by the House of Commons Select Committee covering education, published this morning, is highly critical of the Government's plan to tighten up on regulations governing home education. Read it here.

Badman review blasted by MPs' inquiry - A cross-party inquiry into Graham Badman's controversial review of home education has labelled the government's handling of the issue as an unfortunate episode. More here.

LOCAL NEWS

Home truths for city MP - Parents who choose to teach their children at home say meddling officials need to be taught a lesson. Read more...

Home schooling petition launched
- PRO-HOME schooling campaigners have submitted a Parliamentary petition aiming to block legislation designed to give education bosses ‘stronger powers than the police’. Read more...

Parents fury at plan for lessons in home
- Mother Jo Coulter, who educates her nine-year-old daughter Stella at home, said:

“I am absolutely horrified at the thought that in the name of child protection, thousands of children would be subjected to this degree of exposure to strangers within their own homes. We are automatically being treated as if we have done something wrong. It is deeply offensive that families like mine should be subjected to this degrading treatment. Why stop at home-educating families? Why not extend these measures throughout the land to cover all homes? After all, schoolchildren only spend around seven hours a day in school. Why are they spending all this money to police home education? There are already systems in place through social services to protect vulnerable children. They are knocking on the wrong door.”

Read more...

Despite all the opposition, some MPs criticise absence of home-school regulation: Parents who teach their children at home should be more closely monitored by local authorities, a group of MPs have said. Read more...

Monday, December 14, 2009

Manipulating public opinion

What will the media be associating home education with next? Cases like this one?

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Home education: Socialization not a problem

Since the re-emergence of the home-school movement in the late 1970s, critics of home-schooling have perpetuated two myths. The first concerns the ability of parents to adequately teach their own children at home; the second is whether home-schooled children will be well-adjusted socially.

A new study should cause many critics to rethink their position on the issue of socialization. Not only are home-schoolers actively engaged in civic life, they also are succeeding in all walks of life. Many critics believed, and some parents feared, that home-schoolers would not be able to compete in the job market. But the new study shows home-schoolers are found in a wide variety of professions. (...) this new study clearly demonstrates home-school parents are on the right path.Read it here.

Interventionalist and far too invasive

Dozens of Croydon mums and dads who teach their children from home have signed a petition to stop the Government interfering with how they educate their kids. This borough's petition is one of more than 150 compiled nationwide to stop home educators needing a licence.

Ann Newstead, a spokeswoman for Education Otherwise, said:

"Families take their children out of school to avoid the stress of exams, and to tailor education to suit that particular child's needs. GCSEs and SATs are not legally binding, and some parents feel they are a hindrance to their child's development. What is really concerning about the Badman report is that it is forcing parents to have a licence to teach their own children. If you fail to comply with any inspection then your right to teach is revoked."

Croydon Central MP Andrew Pelling said:

"The Badman report is interventionalist and far too invasive. If we abide by it we will end up with a situation where parents can't educate their children without a licence. Parents cannot be put under the same regulatory regime as schools. It is a different type of education and should be recognised as such."

Read it here.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Thoughts on the Home Ed bill

Jo Coulter, who educates her child at home, said:

“I am absolutely horrified at the thought that in the name of child protection, thousands of children in my country would be subjected to this degree of exposure to strangers, within their own homes. Such treatment I thought was reserved for those suspected of committing a crime.

Indeed, why stop at home educating families? Why not extend these measures throughout the land to cover all homes? After all, if school children only spend around seven hours a day in school, this leaves them out of ‘school protection’ for nearly seventeen hours a day, on week days, forty-eight hours at the weekend and many more over holidays. Indeed it is questionable if children are at all safe anywhere, even when they are in school. It is deeply offensive that families like mine should be subjected to this degrading treatment. I have not yet met anyone within my constituency who finds it acceptable.” Read more here.

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Michael Donnelly, staff attorney and director of international relations for the Home School Legal Defense Association, said: "This bill is breathtaking in its scope and reflects a perverse level of suspicion towards parents who home-educate their children".

Norman Wells, director of the Family Education Trust, which promotes stable family life and children's welfare, told HSLDA the background checks wouldn't make any sense.

"If it is deemed unsafe for children to be with their parents during normal school hours, it is equally unsafe for them to be with their parents in the evenings, at weekends and during the school holidays," he said. "To impose a system of routine monitoring home-educating families would represent a breach of their right to a private and family life and constitute a waste of public resources. Furthermore, the proposal to grant the local authority a statutory right of access to the homes of home-educated children is in effect reversing the presumption of innocence in British law and treats parents with suspicion until they have proven themselves innocent." Taken from here.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Regulating Home Education

Implementing the New System
Date: Thursday 25th February 2010
Time: 10.30am – 3.15pm (including networking lunch)
Venue: Westminster
Cost: £225 per place or £175 for two or more places
FFI click here.

Home Ed at Portishead's Victorian Evening

Parents interested in offering their children home schooling will have a chance to talk to people who are already doing so, at Portishead's Victorian Evening. The North Somerset Home Education Group, set up in 2001, is taking a stand at the fair to allow people to find out more about the group.

It is made up of families from across North Somerset who have chosen to teach their children at home. The group meets regularly for social activities and to take part in physical activities with the children like gymnastics and ice skating. They also organise educational workshops.

Group member Sarah Souter said: "Some parents decide to home educate because they believe it's the best way for the child to learn and grow. Other parents turn to home education when school placements haven't worked out for various reasons such as bullying or unmet special educational needs."

Home education can mean different things to different people, with some following a timetable and curriculum while others have a less structured approach. To find out more call Vicky on 01275 848425 or say hello at the stand in Portishead High Street on December 11.

From here.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

New EDM 409 Home Ed & the Badman Review

That this House acknowledges and celebrates the hard work of the many home educators in Britain who teach their children to an exceptionally high standard;

recognises the excellent value they represent to the Government;

notes with concern the conflation of welfare concerns with education issues in Government statements on home education;

further notes with concern the recommendations of the Badman Review which suggest closer monitoring of home educators, including a compulsory annual registration scheme and right of access to people's homes for local authority officials;

and calls on the Government to focus on its own ability to fulfil the Every Child Matters objectives rather than undermine the independence and integrity of home educators by enforcing the Badman recommendations.

See here.

Home educators in record petition of MPs

They call on England's ministers not to go ahead with plans for a register or with proposals for council officials to be given new powers to enter homes. Ministers say the reforms will check children are "safe and learning". Read it here.

In South Devon, home educators unite to fight new legislation and protect their civil liberties. Leaf Lovejoy, who is educating two of her three children at home, said:

"This new legislation flies in the face of what home education is. It's completely absurd and would extend centralised control over parents and children. It would be an attack on our civil liberties. What this legislation proposes to do is to reverse what's existing now. At present the state reports to parents. That's what Ofsted reports are about. Under the new legislation, parents would be reported to the state. This is a massive invasion of privacy. This is a clever ruse by the Government to control parents, licence them. But this report is flawed and based on flawed statistics. It's families who provide for their children's education, whether it's in the home or at school. As home educators we have nothing to hide, but everything to fear from this report and from maverick local authorities."

Also on the news:
Now parents face criminal checks just to enter their children's school. More here.

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Mass petitions against home education clampdown

A total of 74 MPs from across the three main parties are set to present more than 120 petitions containing thousands of signatures to Parliament tonight (Tue) opposing Government plans to bring in strict registration and monitoring of home educated children, thanks to Beverley and Holderness MP Graham Stuart. The mass presentation will break the record for the number of petitions presented to Parliament on a single issue on any one day. The previous record was 44 petitions presented on 28 March 2006 against cuts and closures to community hospitals. Read it here. Also on Press Association and Wales Online.



Here, we read that dozens of MPs lined up to deliver petitions from constituents urging the government not to go ahead with proposals to shake up home education. Graham Stuart (Con, Beverley and Holderness) said people from more than 120 constituencies officially opposed the compulsory registration of home educating families in England.

Two Hampshire MPs last night delivered petitions of thousands of signatures against proposals to tighten the rules on parents who educate their children at home. Read it here.

MP for Preseli Pembrokeshire, Stephen Crabb, will tonight (Tuesday) present a petition to the House of Commons on behalf of Pembrokeshire's home educators. Read it here.

Sutton MPs Tom Brake and Paul Burstow have received a petition from home educators concerned about the recommendations of an upcoming report. See here.

Newbury MP, Richard Benyon last night submitted a petition to Parliament on behalf of parents who wish to educate their children at home. This small but determined group of parents are appalled at Government plans to place many admirable home educators under an unwarranted cloud of suspicion. From here.

Monday, December 07, 2009

John T. Gatto: Weapons of Mass Instruction


Taken from here. 4hrs video from 2004 AERO Conference.

Home educating parents bullied by authorities

Miscarriage of justice in Australia

Gloucestershire woman opposes education bill

A home education supporter fears legislation could stop many children being taught away from schools. Fiona and her husband Rob are happy to have taught their three children at home. However, they fear the Government's Children, Schools and Families Bill could restrict educational freedom and lead to youngsters not being well educated. Read it here.

Sunday, December 06, 2009

Petitions handed over to Devon MP

CAMPAIGNERS have warned against Government plans to force parents who keep their children out of school to register as a home educator and face inspections. Petitions have been launched across the country, and yesterday protesters handed over the latest to South West Devon MP Gary Streeter. See here.

Other news: National service for 7-year-olds


Saturday, December 05, 2009

The nanny state intrusion continues

Orpington protestors battling a new government home education bill have handed a petition to their MP. The petition is one of 400 from all over England that is due to be presented to Parliament. Read more...

Friday, December 04, 2009

Petition and other news

A GROUND-breaking petition opposing Government changes to teaching children at home has been handed in to Retford's MP. [This was] a record-breaking 300 petitions being handed en masse to Parliament on the issue. The previous highest was from around 40 constituencies. Read more here.

Parents who educate their children at home should undergo criminal records checks, according to the Government’s education inspectors. Read more...

Thursday, December 03, 2009

News round

Local MPs Tom Brake and Paul Burstow yesterday received a petition from concerned Home School educators in the London Borough of Sutton who are worried about the recommendations of the Badman Report. Read it here.

Petition - Badman Report (Birmingham, Yardley)- Badman Report (Birmingham, Yardley) 10.4 pm John Hemming (Birmingham, Yardley) (LD): I was impressed on Saturday by this petition, which came from people who share my concerns about the state wrongly intervening in family life. More here.

The government response to the online petition to reject the Badman Report is now available here. It states that "the recommendations set out by Badman are proportionate and reasonable."

Meantime, the home-ed families e-petition just got into the top 75 out of about 4,700 e-petitions. If you haven't signed it yet and would like to do so then you can do it here.

A Study Shows Home-Educated Become Model Citizens - find out more here. The study Fifteen Years Later: Home-Educated Canadian Adults is available in full form and as a synopsis here.

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Astra Taylor on the Unschooled Life


From YouTube: Raised by independent-thinking bohemian parents, Taylor was unschooled until age 13. Join the filmmaker as she shares her personal experiences of growing up home-schooled without a curriculum or schedule, and how it has shaped her educational philosophy and development as an artist.

Latimer mum presents petition

to Amersham and Chesham MP

NEW Government legislation could take away parents' freedom of choice to educate their children at home, residents signing a petition said this week.

Read here.

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Please don't be surveyed by OFSTEd

Taken from here. ****Please feel free to cross post this message freely to all lists, blogs and social media - especially to local lists within the 15 designated counties.****

It is clear from recent exchanges with OFSTEd as well as their track record, that their recent attempt to try out a dry run of the kind of inspection regime of home educators, that they would like to take on as new work for themselves, would be to the detriment of home educators, and that there is nothing to be gained from assisting OFSTEd in their ambitions over us by supplying them with vital intelligence useful in creating this new role for themselves. As with the government, their interest is clearly predatory upon us, and the exercise assumes a change in the law mandating such inspections, which home educators are currently vigorously fighting to prevent.

Collaborating with this unwanted and illegitimate exercise in any way cannot be in home educator's best interests. It is therefore respectfully suggested to the local home education groups in the 15 designated LEAs, that they decline to meet with OFSTEd, or complete their questionnare, stating their reasons if they wish.

Neil Taylor Moore,
Barbara Stark
Julie Gilbert
Lizelle Denton
Kevin Denton
Louisa Herbs
Gill Kilner
Sarita Goacher
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Background Information:
Ofsted memorandum in response to the Badman consultation :
http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200809/cmselect/cmchilsch/memo/elehomed/me16502.htm

Letter to Christine Gilbert, Head of Ofsted, sent by the Badman Review Action Group
http://homeschooler.org.uk/document/letter-christine-gilbert-head-ofsted-badman-review-action-group-sent-21st-november-2009

Monday, November 30, 2009

Now we must undergo criminal records checks

Parents who teach their own children at home must undergo criminal records checks, say Government education inspectors.

Read more

Parents and children are speaking out against proposed changes to the home education system which could see youngsters cross-examined for hours on end. A petition was handed over to MP for Lincoln criticising the Badman Review which called for stricter regulation of home schooled children.

Read more

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Home-ed news from Bristol

A Bristol mum-of-four, who teaches her children at home, has helped to collect what is set to be the largest number of parliamentary petitions ever recorded and asked her MP Doug Naysmith to take part in the presentation of the 200 petitions, as part of a national campaign to draw attention to the law governing the home education of children. Continues here.

And here's Doug Naysmith's reply to my request for him to join the All Party Parliamentary Group on home education and to sign the Early Day Motion 1785:

I already belong to more APPGs than I feel I should, as I do not like to belong to a Group unless I have the time to make a useful contribution to it. Also, my initial views on Badman's proposals are not as critical as those expressed in the EDM. I agree with the first part about the excellent work many parents do and appreciate the hard work and sacrifices involved. I can understand the worries and, indeed, indignation at the "conflation of welfare concerns with education issues".

I believe, however, that all children have a right to an education and that society, as well as parents, has a responsibility to ensure that this right is honoured. Therefore I think it is reasonable for Local Authorities to have a register so that they know how many children and which ones are being educated out of school. I understand this happens in most if not all other countries. I am also not against a 'light-touch' inspection which takes full account of what the parents' educational aims are: in other words, not one which expects parents to conduct formal lessons at the kitchen table, following the National Curriculum and culminating in SATs.

On Friday this week I am being presented with a petition by another home educating constituent and I am sure we will talk about the matter further. I should also be happy to discuss with you the difference in our views, either on your own or with other home educators if you belong to a local group.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Home ed news round

PARENTS who educate their children at home say the government is trying to introduce draconian new laws to interfere in family life. More here...

PARENTS protesting against government proposals to impose strict rules which will regulate home education are preparing to hand in petitions to parliament opposing the plans. Read it here.

Mr. Graham Stuart: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many staff are engaged (a) full-time and (b) part-time on handling responses to his Department's consultation on Home education-registration and monitoring proposals. From here.

Brushing off labels such as "hippie" and "religious nut", and debunking the socialisation myth, Nicola Pye followed natural progression and took a stand for freedom to home-school her children. Read it here.

A mother and father in Germany were fined $181 for homeschooling their children by a judge who spared them the jail sentences demanded by the prosecutor. More here. Also here.

Is homeschooling compatible with socialism and vice-versa? Apparently not, for homeschooling means parental control of education, and that is anathema to socialists. More here...

The British government announced last week their acceptance of the Badman Review of home education and introduced the new Children, Schools and Families Bill that will require home educated children to be registered with the local authorities. Read it here. Also here.

Home schooling doesn't have to negatively affect socialization - here.

Meantime, in the schooling world...
Criminal checks for all sixth formers
Tory plans for 'no notice' school detentions

Thursday, November 26, 2009

We are the people we´ve been waiting for


FFI: we are the people movie
Get a free copy with the Guardian this coming Saturday.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Tomorrow on BBC3

Info taken from here: Documentary about withdrawn teenager Megan, who has delayed socialisation... Megan is home-schooled by her strict Jehovah's witness mum and dad and leads a life structured around rules and routines. We enter her life where she has to spend time with the family rather than others of her own age.

Thu 9:30pm

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Another petition...

We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to uphold that parents have the primary responsibility for the upbringing and development of their child, to not undermine parents legitimately fulfilling their fundamental duties, and to assume that the best interests of their child is the basic concern of parents unless there is specific evidence to the contrary.

More details here.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

MP to receive petition over home education

YEOVIL MP David Laws will this morning receive a petition from families across his constituency protesting against draft legislation regulating home education.
Read more...

Friday, November 20, 2009

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Testing times for home educators

Five months after Graham Badman's report was published, the inclusion of some of his findings in the Queen's speech makes it clear that the system faces changes.

Read more...

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Declaration to Parliament - Notice of refusal to co-operate

The following notice has been going round...

TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN


WHEREAS the recommendations of the GRAHAM BADMAN REVIEW OF ELECTIVE HOME EDUCATION have been accepted in full by the Secretary of State.

AND that these grossly disproportionate recommendations hold serious implications for the civil liberties of parents, children and families in this country.

AND that these recommendations place primary responsibility for assessing the suitability of education and the welfare of the child on the state, rather than the parent - with no prior evidence that either is unsatisfactory prior to this grossly intrusive intervention.

AND that the recommendations of the review assumes that the home is an inherently unsafe or unhealthy place for the child to be.

AND that these recommendations undermine the role of the parent and trample over family freedoms in its haste to set parent and child up against each other, bestowing additional and selective "rights" on home educated children that only the government can adequately minister to.

AND that these recommendations destroy the very possibility of true autonomy in learning.

AND that these recommendations operate from a position of requiring proof of parental innocence rather than reasonable suspicion of guilt.

AND that these recommendations discriminatorily use the coercive and interventionist tools of parental licensing, warrantless entry to the home, inspection according to arbitrary external standards, and an unconscionable new power to interrogate the child without the parents present.

AND that the outcome of these recommendations will be horribly discriminatory to a minority community, the measures eventually having to apply to anyone who has their child at home with them: parents with under 5s, those whose children attend private school, and also those with school-aged children who are at home in the evenings, over the weekends, and throughout the summer holidays.

AND that the outcome of these inspections will be based on the very human whim and prejudices of a local authority officer, who will have the power to destroy the life and education that that parent has conceived for his or her child.

AND that if the government is to avoid further discrimination it also stands to reason that each child who attends school must be given the same "rights" as home educated children - to "have their voices heard" regarding whether or not they are happy to be educated in school, whether they are satisfied with their teachers and whether they feel safe in such an environment.

WE ACCEPT that it is right that appropriate and proportionate action, as currently outlined in the law, may be taken to rectify a situation if there are serious concerns about a child's welfare, observing that a child being at home with its parents is not, and never has been, in and of itself a child welfare issue.

AND HEREBY RESOLVE that any such utterly disproportionate legislation if passed will fundamentally alter the relationship between citizen and state, and would constitute a fundamental violation of our rights,

AND that any such legislation is illegitimate on its face.

NOW UNDERSTAND that by this declaration, Parliament is PUT ON NOTICE that I and others will not co-operate with any such legislation, and strongly caution you not to consider, debate, or enact any such legislation.

Signed _______________________________

Declaration to Parliament - Notice of Refusal to Co-operate

Here, there and everywhere...
To find out more, go to:
Home education forums
Freedom in education
Maire Staffordshire
Blogdial
kelly green and gold
Renegade Parent (more here)
AHED
Billysu's
Nineteenthly
Learning Freely Network
Then UK
Ensino Doméstico - Educação Domiciliar

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Unprecedented access to family homes

now given to health and safety inspectors to ensure that parents are protecting their children from household accidents.
Read more...

Also worth reading is this article, about the way Britain - "the most punitive nation in Europe" - continues to breach children's rights.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Blake Hannah on 'unschooling'

Barbara says that her method is actually described not as "home-schooling" but "unschooling". "My approach is not linked to a set curriculum," she says. "I used a freestyle method led by my son's interests."

Read more...

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Home is where the school is

When he was 15 years old, Peter Heuer and a friend he met at astronomy camp started building a cyclotron, an experimental physics device that smashes atomic particles together.

Read more...

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Home-ed art

ART with a message is on show at an exhibition in Sheffield city centre - created by children educated at home instead of school.

Read more...

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for CSF...

Paul Holmes: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much funding his Department has provided to each local authority in England and Wales for children with special educational needs who are educated at home...

Read more...

Mr. Mark Field: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which 15 local authorities will be contacted by Ofsted to discuss the potential inspection regime for home education...

Read more...

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Home-ed on the IoI Education Forum

Tuesday 24 November: This will be a joint event with the Parents Forum at which mother and author Jennie Bristow will argue for home schooling while father and educationalist Toby Marshall will put the case against.

Is home schooling defensible? Why can’t parents be free to educate their children in any way they wish? Should the state regulate those who chose to home school? Are their occasions when, for the social good and children’s own good, the parents’ desire to do their own thing should be overruled? For further details or to register, email, or ring Dennis Hayes on 07791200341

From here. Podcast may become available here.

Home ed news - Ofsted

"Asked by Lord Lucas - To ask Her Majesty's Government why Ofsted has decided to investigate a sample of 15 local authorities about their provision for home educators; which 15 local authorities it will investigate; and how they were chosen. "

Read more...

Saturday, November 07, 2009

Schoolgirl thrown out of classes over tie

Rebecca, 15, was thrown out of classes for wearing a traditional-style school tie rather than a clip-on version and ordered to stand in the corridor outside the headteacher's office for breaching uniform rules. Rebecca's parents have branded the move "Draconian" and have withdrawn their daughter from of classes to be taught at home.

Read more...

Friday, November 06, 2009

Ridiculous rules for home schools

My six-year-old daughter is educated by me, at home. Are we about to become the state's latest scapegoats?

Read more...


Here, a reader asks whether home schooling their child will be beneficial.

Thursday, November 05, 2009

What will they accuse us of next?

Paula Rothermel: I was invited on two occasions to meet with Mr Badman. At our first interview Mr Badman was interested in what I had to say. His opening question was to ask me if home educating mothers suffered from Munchhausen's by Proxy. I thought this to be a curious starting point - that of questioning whether home education is a symptom of mental illness.

Read more...


Wednesday, November 04, 2009

He-art project

ART submitted by home-educated children from Sheffield and across the country, in a bid to share the reasons why they love learning outside school, has been put in the shop window for the public to see. After a month-long exhibition the He-art project will go on a national tour.

Read more...

Sunday, November 01, 2009

Home ed women's blogging

Taken from here:

Women bloggers inform as well as entertain. Grit, who home-educates her triplets in Britain and writes the excellent, spirited, funny and indescribable gritsday, is a case in point. “I started the blog because I was leading a bizarre life, the sort where fact and fiction blend into each other,” she says. “I was mothering triplets at home in a bomb site when my husband flew in from the West Bank. He changed his trousers and passport, then flew off to Jordan. Six weeks later he’d be in China and I’d be at home making trucks out of cardboard. Through writing I’ve come to terms with situations, and I can honestly say I like where we are now and I feel comfortable. And I’ve learnt that, for us, bizarre is normal.” Grit also blogs specifically to enlighten people about the joys of home-educating their children: “Home education can offer a truly real-life education. And I hope that from the blog you can see that a home-educating lifestyle can be a lot of fun as well as a lot of hard work.”

Blogging also presents very 21st-century opportunities for new friendships, both real and online. Even a few years ago the idea of meeting up in real life with people you’d “met” online was eccentric and desperate at best and sinister at worst, but it is now perfectly reasonable, not to say commonplace.

Grit agrees: “That sharing of ideas, resources, support, practical help is an essential part of blogging. There’s a wider community too; we were in Hong Kong this year and I’d corresponded with a blogger based there. She invited us over to say hello. She was totally beautiful, poised, elegant — everything I’m not. I would never have met her in real life. Yet here we were, taking tea together halfway across the world. I felt there was a lot of shared value and understanding we’d gained through the blogs.”

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Teachers waterboarded my autistic son

Autistic teenager was reportedly held under running water, forced to eat his own vomit and made to sit in his soiled clothes for hours.

Read more

Friday, October 23, 2009

A couple of news items

Regulating home schooling: Does mother—or nanny—know best?
for the overwhelming majority of parents, this is bullying bureaucracy at its worst.

Government home ed plans 'deeply sinister'
The Government is taking its powers “a step too far” if officials are allowed to question children without their parents present, warns Philip Johnston:

“For the first time, local councils will have the power to enter family homes and question young children without the presence of their parents – something even the police are not allowed to do unless the parent is the suspect”.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Evangelical need monitoring, EHEing parents need to be queried

BBC slurs evangelicals in home school debate
Some evangelical parents need monitoring by the state because they may ‘intimidate’ their children with ideas about God, sin and hell, a BBC radio host has said.


Tough lesson for home-educators

Karl Meyer, from Cambridge Home Educating Families (Chef), said it was "a bizarre logic" to suggest that a parent who wanted to spend time with his or her child was someone to be questioned and queried.

Results of Children's Survey & "Not Hidden" survey of HE families

At yesterday evening's parliamentary briefing event hosted by EO, Ann Newstead publicised the results of the surveys that she had carried out personally following the publication of the Badman Report.

The summary of the survey of home educated children and young people, which got 777 responses, can be found here.

The survey which asked home educating families to keep a diary for a week, to show that their children are not "hidden", which 500 families responded to, is summarised here.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

What's on the news

If home-schooling is good for our children it is for us to say
How much more evidence does the Government need before the penny drops: that excessive interference from the centre is causing irreparable damage to our society?

And in one of the many comments:

"The state must declare the child to be the most precious treasure of the people. As long as the government is perceived as working for the benefit of the children, the people will happily endure almost any curtailment of liberty and almost any deprivation."

Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler; the Ralph Manheim translation published by Houghton- Mifflin, 1943. pg 403.

St Albans couple's worry over changes to home education
The couple worry the intrusion and shift of power from them to the local authority would have a massive impact on their children and family life.

New Jamaican book on home-schooling
"PEOPLE said I was crazy when I started home-schooling my son," says author and home-schooling pioneer Barbara Blake Hannah. They changed their opinion when her son was appointed youth technology consultant to the Jamaican government in 1998 at age 13, and was labelled a 'genius' without having experienced a traditional education.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

EHE on religious grounds

Listen to the radio interview here - starts at 31mns

What it feels like to be homeschooled

Alex Dowty, a student at Oxford, describes his unusual education here.

No lesson plans? No problem! La Plata family finds unschooling a perfect fit. Read more...

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Nothing to hide, nothing to fear?


Open Letter to David Chaytor by Rowan Fortune Wood

Right to Reply

A Response to Graham Badman‟s Report to the Secretary of State on the Review of Elective Home Education in England and reaction to the CSF Select Committee hearing on Monday 12 October 2009

Open PDF File here.

Friday, October 16, 2009

TES repeating unfounded allegations

here. If you read the article, make sure to read comments.

Elsewhere:

Is Unschooling a Better Kind of School?
Homeschooling can be a valid option

Uncorrected Transcript of Oral Evidence

on EHE given by Graham Badman, Ms Diana Johnson and Penny Jones to the CSF Committee on Mon 12/10/09 available here.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Home Educators Mass Lobby of Parliament



From here: [Two days ago,] over 450 Home Educators and many supporters lobbied parliament today to protest against the Review of Elective Home Education chaired by Graham Badman.


UPDATE: CHANGES DISMAY HOME EDUCATORS

A FAMILY from Crediton took part in the recent mass lobby of Parliament in a bid to stop "intrusive" legislation affecting home education.

"We want to give our children an education that reflects our values and principles as opposed to those of a complete stranger. Some children thrive in a school system but I think I can do a better job myself. It's great to be in charge of what they're learning. You can't monitor what they do at school. It's my right to educate my children as I see fit." said Mrs Martin.

Read it here.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Home Ed Latest News

Home educators' worry at register
It is not known how many children in England are home educated
People who educate their children at home rather than sending them to school say they against having to register annually with local authorities.

Worthing home school families join campaign against new rules
PARENTS and their children from Worthing joined a campaign against government proposals to change the rules around home education.

Don't intrude, say parents who educate children at home

Home educators tell MPs they do not want home visits from local authorities, as recommended by a government review.

Home education vs. the bully-boy state
The presumption of guilt is eating it`s way into our lives: Home Education is the latest victim. As a parent you are a suspect in the crusade against child abuse. That is the message to Home Education from this government.Through a staged Review and now onto a Select Committee, the drive has been to find ways to justify an assault on Home Ed., taking away parental rights, enforcing child interviews alone and invading the family in a way that singles out Home Ed. as a "prime suspect".

The propaganda: Government To Provide More Support For Familes With Children Being Educated At Home

Monday, October 12, 2009

Home educators slam government response

The government's response to Graham Badman's review of elective home education "is not worth the paper it's typed on" according to home education charity Education Otherwise.

Read it here.

The Children’s Secretary gave the green light for youngsters to only have to attend school for certain lessons if their parents agreed to ensure they received the rest of their education at home.

Read more

CSF Committee Meeting on EHE

The purpose of this session on was to examine the evidence base for and recommendations of the DCSF commissioned review of elective home education in England.

Witnesses: Graham Badman CBE; Ms Diana R Johnson MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Schools, and Penny Jones, Independent Schools and School Organisation, DCSF.

Watch it here (43mns then 1hr 32mns)

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Home Educated Children’s Rights Ignored


A Youth Council Has Found That The Views Of Home Educated Children Have Been Ignored, By A Government Proposing New Laws Supposedly ‘Supporting’ Home Educated Children’s Rights.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 9 Oct. 2009 – PDF version

Contact: Chloe Watson
Phone: 07870 104 216
Email: press@heyc.org.uk

The Home Educated Youth Council today discovered that absolutely no home educated children have been invited to give oral evidence to the Children, Schools and Families Select Committee(1), who are holding an inquiry into a report on elective home education published earlier this year(2), after challenges to the report’s integrity. In fact, the majority of the parties called as witnesses are non-home educating adults whom either work for government or local authorities.

The only people invited who speak for home education in any way are Jane Lowe, trustee of the Home Education Advisory Service, Fiona Nicholson, trustee of Education Otherwise, and Simon Webb and David Wright. The rest of the participants are composed of people from government and NGOs who have no real engagement with home education, such as the NSPCC.

The Home Educated Youth Council (HEYC) is an organisation created and run by children, to support the rights of home educated children and young people, and to provide an independent voice for those children educated at home. HEYC sent a written submission to the select committee, and also requested to give oral evidence to the inquiry, citing their rights under article 12 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child(3), which states that:

1. States Parties shall assure to the child who is capable of forming his or her own views the right to express those views freely in all matters affecting the child, the views of the child being given due weight in accordance with the age and maturity of the child.

2. For this purpose, the child shall in particular be provided the opportunity to be heard in any judicial and administrative proceedings affecting the child, either directly, or through a representative or an appropriate body, in a manner consistent with the procedural rules of national law.

When Chloe Watson, Chair of HEYC, called the committee to inquire as to why no home educated children had been invited to give evidence, she was told that the committee chose who should give oral evidence by selecting those they felt would answer the questions they wanted to pose best.

HEYC would like to know why the committee has chosen to ask questions that can not be answered by home educated children, especially since one of the criticisms of the report the Select Committee is investigating, is that it contravenes children’s rights. HEYC is also confused as to how the committee would know who would answer a question best, if they are not predisposed to hear a certain answer, and do not already know what the answer will be.

“If the committee already has answers in mind, as was implied to me, it surely can’t be impartial, and I don’t see how the outcomes of a partial inquiry can have any credibility.” says Miss Watson.

The report that this inquiry stems from claims to redress the balance between the rights of parents to educate as they wish, and the rights of children to receive a good education. However, the views of home educated children overwhelmingly support the status-quo(4), and disagree with the report’s intrusive proposals, leading HEYC to question whether the report, or the inquiry into it, truly does support the rights of children after all.

HEYC believes that in the current climate of suspicion at the government’s behaviour among home educators and the wider population – with a report full of misleading quotes and shaky evidence, written by an author whose independence is questionable(5), a disproportionate response to un-proven risks, erosion of civil liberties throughout society, and current guidance on home education mysteriously disappearing from the DCSF website – such behavior will only reduce the confidence adults and children alike have in the government.

HEYC calls for the government to make moves to regain that confidence, and begin to take account of the views of children in the home educating community.

For more information, or to arrange an interview with HEYC personnel, please contact press@heyc.org.uk, or call Chloe Watson on 07870 104 216


NOTES FOR EDITORS

"Suitable" and "Efficient"

The government is to commission a review into what a "suitable" and "efficient" education means for home educated children in England.
Read it here.

Friday, October 09, 2009

Home Educated Children Speak Out

but who will listen?

Special Needs Student Beaten over dress code


Still wondering why homeschooling is becoming increasingly popular?

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

French police grabs home-ed kids on German orders

Four children of a family that fled Germany to avoid further fines for homeschooling have been snatched from their home in France by police and accused of "being alone," according to a report today on the ongoing war against home education across the Continent. Read it here.

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Home ed = quality of life

'Ideologically I've been behind home education since before I had kids, but obviously you don't know in advance whether you're going to go for it," says Léan. Read it here.

Monday, October 05, 2009

Reviewing Home Ed: The Badman Song


From ThePhantomCorrector's channel:

"The rights of Home Educators in England are under threat from our government who have appointed Graham Badman to conduct a review that's only real purpose is to spread their totalitarian web of control to Home Educators. This song is to show Graham Badman that I know EXACTLY what he's up to. Oh, and it's also so that other people he annoyed are brought some comic relief.
"

Lessons al fresco for Epsom students

While most children were cooped up in their classrooms a group of youngsters enjoyed a picnic in the fresh air in glorious sun without being accused of truanting. - from here.

Roman Legions and Celtic warriors in Chard
: A history lesson came to life when legionary Valerius Genialis and Corius the Briton visited students from the Home Learning Centre to demonstrate what life was like nearly 2000 years ago. Throughout the morning, the home-educated youngsters heard what life was like as an Iron Age Briton, how the Romans really invaded and discussed how they would react to the invasion. Read it here.

Sunday, October 04, 2009

Education packs for home educators

Country parks in South Somerset will launch National Curriculum-linked education packs for use by schools, youth groups and home educators wanting to go further than the traditional textbook approach. The aim is to get children learning outside of the classroom. Read it here.

Saturday, October 03, 2009

Letter to the Independent

The Government wants parents, at the earliest opportunity, to hand all child-rearing responsibility to the authorities. Enclosed with each child benefit award is a leaflet about childcare; nurseries can accept babies from the age of six weeks; our school starting age is the lowest in Europe, and our working hours are the longest.

House prices are such that two average incomes are needed to buy even a modest property. Where does that leave our children? On top of this, if you do decide to take responsibility and look after your own children, you are seen as an anachronism; there are no stop-at-home mums on CBeebies, though every other walk of life is represented.

Worse, if you take responsibility to home-school your children rather than send them to state school for a tick-box education, a government review is giving local authority inspectors the right to enter your home and interview your child.

I am part of a home education group, and we have been told by the council that all the adults will need a CRB check, though no one is in loco parentis because the parents of all the children are present.


The nonsense of trying to make life risk-free, and dictating to us how we should live, is eroding family and community life. A man hardly dare smile at a child in a park for fear he will be branded a pervert. A friend who teaches childcare to students asked if they would stop an unknown child from walking in to the road; not one of them said they would, in case of an assault allegation. This is from people who will one day be looking after children.

Angela Elliott

Friday, October 02, 2009

Home Education on Manchester News


A mum from Urmston tells us why another review of home education is making her angry.

Hey Badman leave us kids alone


We don’t need your registration
We don’t need your yearly goals
No right of entry to our houses
Badman leave home ed alone
Hey Badman leave us kids alone.

All in all you’re just another brick in the wall
All in all you’re just another pawn for Ed Balls.

Watch it here.

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Hey, Badman, leave our kids alone

Home educators are outraged at Graham Badman's recommendations to impose new regulations on them. Nancy Rowntree finds out why they feel victimised - here.

And the guidelines for LAs on elective home education seem to be back - here.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Home schooling best for us

HOME school families from across the Island gathered in Newport to raise concerns about a national review. Read more...

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Home ed newsround

A group of parents who teach their children at home claim the school system is broken and lets children down. Read more...

Home educating parents are not ‘refusing to send their child to school’. The law makes parents responsible for providing an education suitable to the age, ability, aptitude and any special educational needs of the child by attendance at school...or otherwise. We are part of the ‘otherwise’. Home education has equal status in law. Read it here.

Jamaica: Tricia and Julian made the decision a year ago to pull their children out of conventional schooling and educate them at home. Ten months later, they have no regrets and are pleased with the progress their offspring are making. Check it out here.

Australia: Kerri isn't sending her children back to school, despite threats of legal action. Read it here.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Home educated young scientist

Wilf Bond and his innovative apple picking machine are the stars of a children’s television programme.

Read it here.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Came across this on YouTube...

Home ed ongoing war with authorities

A judge in Germany has left a teen in the custody of his parents – for now – a big win in their ongoing war with authorities over the legitimacy of home education practices. (...)

One of the first acts by Adolf Hitler when he moved into power was to create the governmental Ministry of Education and give it control of all schools and school-related issues. In 1937, the dictator said,

"The youth of today is ever the people of tomorrow. For this reason we have set before ourselves the task of inoculating our youth with the spirit of this community of the people at a very early age, at an age when human beings are still unperverted and therefore unspoiled. This Reich stands, and it is building itself up for the future, upon its youth. And this new Reich will give its youth to no one, but will itself take youth and give to youth its own education and its own upbringing."

Read it here.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Future trends: homeschooling will replace schools

The kind of society Americans know and support cannot continue, said James Howard Kunstler, author of "The Long Emergency", a book about the issues future generations will face regarding the oil crisis, global warming and living in suburbia. (...) In the future, there will no longer be centralized school districts, or as Kunstler calls them, "pupil sheds." Homeschooling will replace public schools, he noted. From here.

Video: Deschooling Ourselves

Undoing the Unconscious Habits of School


Charles Eisenstein - 2008 AERO Conference (from here).

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Home education newsround

Brits tighten screws on home schooling

Families protest against proposed changes to home schooling: FAMILIES staged a protest in Stratford Park, Stroud against proposed Government reforms which they fear would make home education too similar to school. Parents and children from across Gloucestershire enjoyed a picnic and covered the bandstand in messages in opposition to Graham Badman’s independent review of home education. Read it here.

What happened next with the 7 year old boy snatched from plane in Sweden 3 months ago because the parents wanted to home school him? See here.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Home ed is the best answer for some children

NOT many parents would take on the challenge of home educating their children, but Mick and partner Sylv felt they had no choice.

Read it here.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Home ed newsround

Home-schooling must be brought under Government control, says a Government-backed report. More here.

Laignee is the only home-schooled student in this year's freshman class, and just one of 25 who applied. Read it here.

Alaska — If Alaska parents want to home-school their child, no paperwork needs to be filed, no phone call made. No one need be told. As for the student, no specific subjects need to be studied, no number of hours need be logged behind a desk, no tests taken. Should Alaska join the ranks of other states by tightening its home-schooling laws? Read it here.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

And a couple more news items...

Graham Badman, author of the government review into home education, has made an urgent request to councils in a bid to reinforce his report with extra evidence. In a letter sent out to directors of children's services last week, Badman said: "I would like to strengthen my statistical evidence in advance of the select committee hearing so that it is more extensive and statistically... Read it here.

Home educators today reacted in astonishment to news that the covering letter from DCSF admits that the evidence on which the 28 recomendations were based was a "small sample" and that they needed to show "more statistically rigorous" information to the Inquiry. Results from Freedom of Information requests has shown that only 25 out of 152 local authorities responded to the earlier request. More here.

Newsround

Too many pupils with behavioural problems are being excluded unofficially by heads who can’t deal with them. Parents are often asked to remove their child voluntarily from classes rather than the school imposing a statutory period of expulsion. The illegal practice is blamed for a recent drop in official exclusion figures. Read it here.

War on homeschoolers spreading? Advocacy group challenges Swedish authorities to explain abduction of 7-year-old. Read it here.

Illinois parents turn to homeschool after daughter's sexual incident at school. Here.

Unschooling: A Lifestyle of Learning, the new book by Sara McGrath, is now out. More here.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Bad regulations for home educators

Graham Badman asks local authorities to identify the number of home educated children who currently fall into categories as stated in the attached letter by 1 October 2009.

Other news:


How Much Should Government Regulate Home Schooling?

Sweden—the Next Germany for Homeschoolers?

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Not back to school picnics on the news

Picnics celebrate home education: a nationwide event has been staged by the supporters of home education to highlight its benefits. Around 40 picnics were held in locations across England, including Kent, Sussex and Surrey. Read it here.

BRISTOL families who educate their children at home met for a picnic yesterday as part of a nationwide campaign to challenge people's views of home schooling. More here.

OXFORD home schooled children and their parents came to the centre to protest against a Government review they said threatens to burst their bubble. Read it here.

On BBC Radio Oxford there's an interview with a local home edder and her teenage daughter - listen here (29mns on).

CAMBRIDGESHIRE: Hundreds of children are educated 'otherwise than at school' be it in a structured school at home setting, or a more 'free-range' autonomous approach. Here.

SHEFFIELD parents who refuse to send their children to school staged a picnic in the Peace Gardens in defence of their right to educate their youngsters at home. More here.

BIRMINGHAM School stayaways enjoyed a picnic yesterday as part of a national celebration of home education. Handsworth mum tells us why she is keeping her son out of the classroom here.

NORFOLK parents who home educate their children said they feared the freedom it brings them and their youngsters could be under threat from the government. Read it here.

SOUTH DEVON: Parents and children from Torbay and Totnes celebrated the fact they were not back at school as they highlighted their right to home educate their children yesterday. Read it here.

CUMBRIAN mother describes government proposals to tighten up home schooling regulations as “sickening.” Check it out here.

TELFORD here.

And many more here.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

The news for today

SOUTH Devon's 'home educators' will be joining more than 30 other picnic protests across the country as they blow bubbles and talk to anyone who wants to know more about home education. There are around 100 families in the Teignmouth, Totnes and Torbay areas who educate their youngsters outside the mainstream schooling system.

Read it here.


London: Parents today attacked government plans to impose new controls on home schooling. Families were handing out leaflets and taking part in street theatre to "spread the message" about learning outside the education system. The event coincides with International Freedom in Education Day, which promotes learning at home.

Protest organiser Elizabeth Lil, who teaches her children Beth, nine, and Edward, five, at home, said: "They want to legislate because they think they're going to get rid of a problem. They'll spend a lot of time and money looking at families that don't have problems. Far more children are failed by the state system than home schooling."

Read it here.


Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Home ed protests and growing numbers

As protesters gather in London today to campaign against tighter restrictions on home schooling, our writer, educated in a council house with her seven siblings, gives a learned riposte to those who doubt its benefits.

Read it here.


Homeschooling numbers growing in Gaston: Will, Ian and Neal Kirkpatrick get up each morning and get ready for school. Instead of hopping on a school bus bound for public school, they head to the dining room table for their home school lessons.

Read it here.


Catholic Homeschool: Given the increasing popularity of homeschooling among faithful Catholics, it is vital that those who practice it -- or are thinking about trying it for their children -- have a fully Catholic understanding of the family and the nature and meaning of education.

Read more here.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Home Ed - what's on the news

After finishing his three-year course, he set up his own business at the age of 22 – at the same time establishing Shed 2 Studios with a group of fellow graduates. His achievement is all the more remarkable for the fact that Mr Radford has dyslexia and from the age of 13 was taught at home.

Read it here.


A protest against proposed changes to home schooling across Britain will take at Stratford Park, Stroud on Wednesday, September 16.

Read more here.


With the high street full of Back to School advertising, home educating families in Norfolk are joining together for “Not Back to School” picnics in Norwich and King's Lynn.

Read it here.


West End: Parents who have chosen to take their children out of mainstream education are set to hold a “not back to school picnic” in Paddington Street Gardens. They are using International Freedom in Education Day to celebrate publicly the many, diverse ways we choose to educate our children.

More here.