Monday, July 30, 2007

""Your response identifier is 610"

Here's Ali's response, and my work on this Consultation on Home Education Guidelines is now finished. Tom has disappeared with our paper copy of the draft guidelines and says he'll submit his own response tomorrow if he can find the time.

Question 1: Do you agree that it is helpful for the DfES to issue guidelines to local authorities?

Answer: Yes

Comment: But they've got to be clear and accurate.

Question 2: Do you agree that the description of the law (paragraphs 2.1 - 2.3) relating to elective home education is accurate and clear?

Answer: Not sure

Question 3: Do you agree that the description of local authorities’ responsibilities (paragraphs 2.5-2.11) is accurate and helpful?

Answer: No.

No, because progress is a relative term and LA officials don't understand HE because they were educated and often worked as adults in schools and it's a completely different kind of education. There's a massive problem with officials not understanding at all how natural, personalised learning actually works. The term 'reasonable progress' needs to be removed.

Question 4: Do you agree that the section on contact with the local authority (paragraphs 3.4-3.7) is accurate and helpful?

Answer: No.

Re: 'risk-based approach': Some of the worst abuses and problems happen in average middle class families. It's impossible to judge, using a risk-based approach, who to investigate and who not to. They can't discriminate like that, so that whole paragraph should be removed.

Question 5: Do you agree that the section on providing a full-time education (paragraphs 3.11-3.14) – and in particular, the characteristics of provision (paragraph 3.13) – is accurate and helpful?

Answer: No.

Education inspectors are not qualified to judge autonomous home education provision in detail. If there are no books, pcs etc present and a child seems to be living a very inactive and not outgoing lifestyle even though it seems like it might want to then yes, its obvious. But with regard to the specifics the HE inspectors aren't qualified. The list in 3.13 needs to be removed.

Question 6: Do you agree that the section on developing relationships (section 4) is useful?

Answer: No.

Local Authorities should leave home educating families alone unless there is an appearance of failure to provide a suitable education.

Question 7: Are the suggested resources in section 5 and appendix 2 useful?

Answer: No.

They're irrelevant to these guidelines.

Please use this space for any other comments you wish to make about the guidance:


Blogger Elaine said...

how much info about yourself do you have to give it says register but it's optional but there is also a details section on page

7:02 pm, July 30, 2007  
Blogger Gill said...

As much or as little as you like. You don't have to register to submit a response.

7:05 pm, July 30, 2007  
Blogger Gill said...

LOL, Ali's response was a series of swear words in the manner of Grandad Boswell to start with. I had to gently extrapolate the longer more publishable sentences over a period of some weeks ;-)

7:28 pm, July 30, 2007  

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