Friday, September 18, 2009

Stress testing the Badman report: points arising: Financial

There's so much going on, it's hard to stop reading ( ..and home educating, sorting out camping gear and generally riding the waves of domesticity..) and start writing. The consultation deadline (19th October) is looming - more about that in future posts - and home educators have been busy peacefully opposing the Badman report, as usual, to good effect. Our local group didn't manage a picnic, having just been away camping together from which I think we're all still recovering. I wish we had though. [I'd also like to direct you to Jax's comments about Mr Badman's latest efforts.]

Today's post is the last in the secondary layer of my critique of the Badman report [opens pdf] and it's focusing on the financial issues arising.

The main financial issue, in my opinion, arises in section 9 of the report, in which it is implied that the AWPU of home educated children should be drawn down to fund the administration of the recommendations. As I contended here, if the AWPU is to be drawn for home educated children, it should surely be used to fund their education, not the administration of a convoluted checking process of this.

In the current financial crisis, there might well be difficulties in providing funding for the recommendations - even just the 'safeguarding'-related ones identified for immediate action in the Ed Balls letter [opens pdf]. It will be interesting to gauge the effects of the imminent and necessary public spending cuts on this agenda.

My next post will be a concise summary of my detailed critique of the Badman report.


Blogger Sheila said...

Thanks Gill :) have only just caught up with the washing after a very muddy festival camp a fortnight ago!

Think they intend to ensnare us into the ECM/GIRFEC assessments way before school or not becomes an issue :(

We know they are trying to GIRFEC home education in Scotland.

Had hoped that ECM/GIRFEC might become a "victim of the cuts" however the Tories despite saying they will bin much of the database state are still committed to ECM ( the most intrusive initiative of all).

This Backing the Future report is quite hideous:

This sales pitch is from the Guardian:

I am comment three....

7:40 pm, September 19, 2009  
Blogger Elaine said...

Great blog Gill :)

7:46 pm, September 19, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Gill,

I think a lot of it will come down to expenditure.

If the recommendations go through I intend to seek my share of the ££££s that the government saves by NOT educating my children.


11:14 pm, September 19, 2009  

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