Via the guardian.co.uk. About the recommendation to criminalize home education in the UK, which is now a proposal to require registration. What problem does this solve?
The government rejected the NASUWT’s advice to the Badman enquiry that it should criminalise home education altogether. Nonetheless, in a bill to be debated in the Commons this week, it proposes a compulsory registration regime which most home educators fiercely oppose.
Its attitude is typified in the way it would deal with unregistered families. Non-registration would not be unlawful, so the state would not punish parents. Instead it would punish the unregistered children: it would empower local authorities to issue school attendance orders, and statutorily ban them from even considering the quality of education actually being provided. The government further proposes that having received parental notification of a decision to home educate, a school should hold a child for 20 school days. Such a measure would serve no educational purpose and would delight bullies.
Parents would be forced to seek permission not to delegate their responsibilities, and made to satisfy local authorities that their annual plans are “suitable” – a de facto ban on more autonomous styles of education. Families would be subject to compulsory inspections. The presumption would be that parents are not fulfilling their duty unless hey can prove otherwise. As Ralph Lucas asked in the Lords debate, “What have these people done?” Read more…