Looking at the panel (3)
Before I start to write about Delroy Pommell, the third elective home education review panel member and the London and South East Director of Barnados, I just want to give a brief and completely unrelated mention to this article about 'New Labour and Children' by Lisa Blakemore-Brown, which I've just read. It's an absolute must-read for every parent in the UK, I think, and certainly for anyone who has anything to do with the law and government policy about children and families here.
That said, onto Mr Pommell:
He is a member of the London Child Poverty Commission, although his membership of our review panel is apparently to do with 'child protection/ 3rd sector' issues.
I am wary of anyone connected with a child poverty group in the UK, because of the real meaning of that fifth ECM [opens pdf] outcome: Achieve Economic Wellbeing, in which all the campaigners have played their part, unwittingly or otherwise. I wish they would all now put a similar amount of effort into reversing the damage, assuming they were duped by government.
But I'd like to try and find something that Mr Pommel has written or said, to try to give us an insight into his thinking.
Well, this might be encouraging - or at least interesting - because it relates to education:
Children's charity Barnardo's has called for a greater focus on vocational training and support as this year's GCSE results are unveiled. The charity has warned thousands of young people will feel rejected and disappointed by the expected focus on high achievers. And it has launched an internet advertising campaign highlighting the barriers to achievement in mainstream education among young people.
Delroy Pommel, UK director of education at Barnardo's, said: "We work with young people of all abilities who for a wide variety of reasons - such as challenging family circumstances, unmet special educational needs, homelessness and mental health difficulties - have not thrived at school. We know with the right support every young person can succeed." He added the charity provided alternative education, vocational training and special education for thousands of young people who are unable to fulfil their potential in mainstream education.
Difficult to comment about such a short piece though. What else can I find..?
Here's the full press release from Barnados relating to that particular issue. It gives a little bit more background, but again, nothing especially about Mr Pommell.
He formed part of the 'reference group' for this barnados report [opens pdf] about 'Meeting the needs of sexually exploited young people in London' by Zoe Harper and Sara Scott.. and he helped to develop/produce this one [opens pdf] about 'The lives of homeless children and families in London' by John Reacroft.
I can't find anything else about Mr Pommell. Anyone else having more luck? I'm more than happy to defer to Elaine's formidable Googling skills. Let us know if you find anything, Elaine (or anyone)?
I can say for certain that I can't find anything that states, or even hints, that Mr Pommell may have had any experience of elective home education.