Writing to my MP and wow, the formidable Facebook group!
We presumably want to know why the closing date for responses is so soon (but will get a standard non-reply to that); and what the evidence base is for the allegations made. Anything else? All comments appreciated.
I see there's a thread about this on the Facebook group. Loads of ideas there, plus a link to Carlotta's letter to her MP.
Most interesting is a reply from one of the MPs, which includes the following:
I have investigated your concerns and you are correct that usually a consultation would last for 12 weeks.
However this 4 week consultation launched on the 20th of January is not the full consultation, it is only to gauge different parties' ideas that will be considered for the Government's proposals to be outlines in a report on Home Education to be launched in May.
Once the report has been launched with the Government's proposals it will then go out to a full 12 week consultation which the different groups can have their say on the proposals.
I have been informed by the Department for Children, Schools and Families that the consultation will be made available online in the same way that the current short consultation has been.
Looks like we're in for a busy year, then! (And, wouldn't you think they'd just tell us that, up front, on here, without people having to go through their MPs to find it out?)
I must confess I'm not really Facebook-oriented - I'm better with RSS feeds and emails that nudge me! - so don't check in all that often, but now that I look, I'm amazed at the scope and depth of the group's discussion board. I suspect there's more information there than I've got time to read. Makes fascinating reading though: I will have to dip in more frequently.
If anyone has blogged their review response and would like it to be added to my sidebar list, please let me know.