Friday, January 23, 2009

The review questions (non-LA version)

For sidebar linking purposes I'm reposting the six review questions here. (The sixty review questions for Local Authorities are here.)

1. Do you think the current system for safeguarding children who are educated at home is adequate? Please let us know why you think that.

2. Do you think that home educated children are able to achieve the following five Every Child Matters outcomes? Please let us know why you think that.

3. Do you think that Government and local authorities have an obligation to ensure that all children in this country are able to achieve the five outcomes? If you answered yes, how do you think Government should ensure this?. If you answered no, why do you think that?

4. Do you think there should be any changes made to the current system for supporting home educating families? If you answered yes, what should they be? If you answered no, why do you think that?

5. Do you think there should be any changes made to the current system for monitoring home educating families? If you answered yes, what should they be? If you answered no, why do you think that?

6. Some people have expressed concern that home education could be used as a cover for child abuse, forced marriage, domestic servitude or other forms of child neglect. What do you think Government should do to ensure this does not happen?


Deadline for responses: Friday 20 February 2009.

11 Comments:

Blogger Augustin Moga said...

Seen from across the Atlantic it looks like these public consultations about home education in UK are a never ending story... Maybe they don't get the expected answers?

Instead of answering over and over again, why don't you guys start asking questions? LAs, MPs, whomever are the officials that keep coming up with the public consultations.

I think I'd ask them something like:

1. Do you think the current system of public schooling is adequate? Please let us know why you think that.

2. Do you think that institutionalized children are able to achieve ANY of their own settled goals? (Do they have any?) Please let us know why you think that.

3. Do you think that Family (any family) has a right to choose what kind of education their children receive? If you answered yes, how do you think Family should protect this right? If you answered no, why do you think that?

4. Do you think there should be any changes made to the current harassment that home educating families are subjected to? If you answered yes, what should they be? If you answered no, why do you think that?

5. Please answer previous question again. (And keep doing it every six months for the next decade or so.)

6. Lots of people have expressed concern that institutionalized education is a cover for child abuse, bullying, physical and psychological terror, and other forms of child neglect. What do you think Government should do to ensure this does not happen?


Of course, I'll promise to publish (on my own blog) all answers received. Though, I'd guess, there won't be many (if any)...

3:27 pm, January 23, 2009  
Blogger Gill said...

LOL! Thanks Augustin - I've linked your comment to the UKHE list (Hope you don't mind...)

3:54 pm, January 23, 2009  
Blogger Annkrozeika said...

That's so funny, but really, why shouldn't we be asking government these sort of questions? OK I know we wouldn't get a response, at least not the desired response, but these are questions that could do with answers! :o)

4:46 pm, January 23, 2009  
Blogger Gill said...

It would be possible to just answer the questions with more questions, as Dani's just mentioned onlist.

That is a great set of questions, Augustin ;-)

5:25 pm, January 23, 2009  
Blogger cosmic seed said...

as discussed earlier, have now opened a thread on FB group for this.

6:42 pm, January 23, 2009  
Blogger emma said...

Any chance of some feedback on my draft, Gill?

http://childrenarepeople.blogspot.com/2009/01/latest-government-consultation-draft.html

6:04 pm, January 25, 2009  
Blogger Gill said...

Done :-)

7:56 pm, January 25, 2009  
Blogger Schuyler said...

There was a recent review of literacy and numeracy rates among adults that mentions the percent of "below functional" graduates from the school system. It's interesting reading. There may be points to consider if putting together a list of questions.

8:29 am, January 31, 2009  
Blogger dottyspots said...

Hmmmm, I wonder if one of the national papers that have spoken out against the review would publish something along these lines ;0)

Might have to change the wording a little bit so as not to pass judgment on those choosing schools, but it still remains a fact that there are many children who attend school who are subject to all sorts of horrible experiences and that this MUST be addressed.

It seems bonkers that such a small sector of the society (ie. HE-ers) are focussed on, when the larger problem is within institutions and the wider society as a whole.

9:39 am, January 31, 2009  
Blogger sarah said...

Can't the government just help us instead of segregating/hindering us?
There are good reasons why a lot of us HE our children. For us, its because our child (12) has had a raw deal since entering nursery, abuse suffered in school, by staff who do not know how to look after and care for autistic children. Where were the government when we needed help ?
Everyone then feels they have to get involved, like the NSPCC publishing rediculous reports claiming that autistic cildren are more likely to bully......for crying out loud!!! do they know anything at all about the bullying OF autistic children....perhaps if they looked at circumstances surrounding what is probably behaviour associated with trying to fend off bullies they would get a more reaslistic idea. Anyway rant over, sort out the schooling of every single child in this country instead of just the middle ground ones and I for one would not even have to look at HE. Every Child Matters ey??!!

10:00 am, January 31, 2009  
Blogger bluecrane said...

Annkrozeika said...

That's so funny, but really, why shouldn't we be asking government these sort of questions?

And Annkrozeika is quite right. It is time to start getting the government before the government gets you. I believe a legal case can be made against the government that it has failed to supply the advertised product (trade descriptions act) that it has misappropriated taxpayers money with frivolous and irresponsible expenditure and an invasion of privacy as laid down by EC law.

Somewhere in here there has to be a way to keep them busy rather than they keeping us busy.

11:25 pm, February 15, 2009  

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