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Notes from APPG October 22nd 2013: Exams Access
Notes from the October 22nd meeting here http://edyourself.org/appgnotesoctober22nd.pdf with a link to the home educators' exams wiki which is a fantastic resource for all private candidates http://www.home-education-exams.org.uk
DfE explains how external candidates results don't affect schools November 29th 2013
http://edyourself.org/worcsFE2013-14.pdf Worcestershire FE access
http://edyourself.org/hampshiremodelexams.pdf Hampshire Exams Access
Survey questionnaire on exams access sent out to all LAs end September 2013
See http://edyourself.org/articles/examsreport.php#appendix2lapositiveexamples for more positive examples
Notes from APPG July 9th 2013: Exams Access Private Candidates
The discussion was chaired by Graham Stuart who set out the issues for private candidates, particularly in finding an exam centre. Read the meeting notes here http://edyourself.org/appgnotesjuly9th.pdf
Update October 2013 improved CIE website navigation, see http://www.cie.org.uk/i-want-to/find-a-cambridge-school/
Useful links exams for private candidates http://edyourself.org/articles/exams.php#links
Briefing circulated to delegates prior to the event http://edyourself.org/3pagebriefingappgjuly9th.pdf
Successful All Party Group Home Education Meeting 19th March: Access to FE College 14-16s
The APPG looked at under-16s applying directly to college. Speakers: Matthew Coffey, Learning and Skills Ofsted, Helen Eaton, Assistant Principal Myerscough College Lancashire, Tony Medhurst, AoC, Principal Harrow College, 14-16s Colleges Implementation Group, Ajay Sethi, 14-19 Strategy Manager Lancashire County Council, Malcolm Trobe, Education Funding Agency, ASCL. Chaired by Lord Lucas. DfE was on hand to answer questions.
Government Guidance Published in June 2013 Explains Funding for Home Educated 14-16s
27. Current arrangements for admitting 14-16 year olds by arrangement with schools, local authorities or parents will continue and are not affected by this new guidance, other than that there are new funding arrangements for electively home educated children.
Annex C page 28 covers home educated 14-16s http://media.education.gov.uk/assets/files/pdf/d/dfe%20dept%20advice%2014%2016%20enrolment%20final.pdf
On August 19th 2013 DfE confirmed that "Students can only be enrolled at one institution (the "home" institution), and that one institution takes on the responsibility for claiming all the relevant funding for the student. So, if a home-educated student wants to take courses at more than one college, then the college where the majority of learning is taking place has to take the responsibility to be the "home" institution and claim all the funding for the student, then pass across the relevant part to the other college(s) involved. There would have to be some agreement between the colleges ahead of the funding claim, for this to be able to happen."
DfE August 20th 2013: "For home-educated students, there are no age restrictions for funding purposes, it is for the college to decide whether they wished to take younger students onto their courses. If they agree to take a younger home-educated student onto their courses, then we will fund in the usual way."
Additional Learning Support DfE Funding Unit September 4th 2013: Where a home educated 14/15 year old needs additional support, the college enters this information on the ILR in November and it will count towards the amount which the college receives in lagged funding next year. Where the student has low to moderate additional support needs the unique determining factor for funding eligibility will be the individual student's postcode. Where a home educated 14/145 year old has high additional support needs, the college will ask the LA for a top-up in the current academic year, record this on the ILR, and receive an additional £6k the following year.
All Party Group Home Education Meeting 27th November 2012: SEN and Disability
A meeting was held at Portcullis House, Westminster, on Tuesday 27th November 2012 to discuss Special Educational Needs and Disability with an opportunity to talk to Stephen Kingdom, Deputy Director SEN and Disability at DfE. The aim of the event was to raise awareness and to identify key issues with the new SEN legislation and funding which will impact on home educating families. Click here to read the notes from the meeting.
Positive Results from the November SEN Meeting
Assurance from Minister in House of Commons June 2013 http://edyourself.org/articles/seninchildrenfamiliesbill.php#report
New SEN EHE FAQ website May 2013 http://www.ehe-sen.org.uk/
Government statement on home education and the new SEN Code of Practice March 2013 http://edyourself.org/articles/edcomsupporthomeed.php#govresponse
DfE Updated Guidance and FAQ on Home Education Funding (especially for SEN) February 2013 http://edyourself.org/articles/funding.php
FOIs on SEN and home education December 2012 http://edyourself.org/articles/2013foissenandlocationehe.php
Memo to the Education Committee December 2012 http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201213/cmselect/cmeduc/631/631vw137.htm
Meeting DfE SEN Division, Funding, and Legal team December 2012
New online support group home education and special needs http://groups.yahoo.com/group/homeeducationandspecialneeds/
Inviting MPs to APG Meetings
Chair Graham Stuart; Vice Chair Andrew Griffiths; Treasurer David Anderson; Secretary Tim Farron. The Home Education Advisory Service acts as secretariat for the All Party Group on Home Education. The APG secretariat sends invitations to all MPs before each event, but we know from experience that MPs are more likely to respond if a constituent asks them to attend. If you aren't sure who is your MP, you can find out by putting your postcode in the search box here http://www.writetothem.com/ This site can also be used to send an email to your MP. Please do telephone or email your MP's constituency office and ask your MP to attend the All Party Group meetings. Explain briefly why it is important to you. Click here to see which MPs are in each local authority area http://edyourself.org/articles/MPsLAs.php NB when emailing, be sure to include your full postal address so that your MP knows you are a constituent. If your MP has a prior engagement, you can try asking for a researcher or assistant from the MP's office to attend. See the drop-down list here for MPs arranged by political party/constituency/MP's name, including contact details for the MP's constituency office http://www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-offices/mps/ Further details about the All Party Group for Home Education can be found here http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm/cmallparty/register/home-education.htm
Membership of All Party Groups must be open to all Members of the House of Commons and House of Lords, and the group must include at least 20 Members (each of whom must be a Member of the House of Commons or House of Lords) comprising: at least 10 Members who are from the same political party as the government, and at least 10 who are not from the government party (of whom at least 6 must be from the main opposition party), and includes at least one officer (Secretary, Treasurer) who is a Member of the House of Commons. APGs are classified on the Register either as subject groups (relating to a particular topic eg. forestry) or country groups (relating to a particular country or region). Rules and procedures for All Party Parliamentary Groups can be found here http://www.parliament.uk/documents/pcfs/all-party-groups/guide-to-the-rules-on-apgs.pdf via this page http://www.parliament.uk/about/mps-and-lords/members/apg/
Home Education APG 2010-11http://edyourself.org/articles/APPGfeedback.php 2011 meeting
http://en.wikiversity.org/wiki/All_Party_Parliamentary_Group_on_Home_Education 2010 meeting