Table of Contents
- October 2014 Meeting
- February 2014 Local Authorities Meeting
- October 2013 Exams Access Private Candidates Follow-Up
- Interim Exams Access Survey Summary
- July 2013 Exams Access Private Candidates
- Meeting 19th March: Access to FE 14-16s
- Meeting 27th November 2012: SEN and Disability
- Inviting MPs to APG Meetings
October 2014: 14-19s
Update November 12th: Following the issue raised by Graham Stuart at the Home Education APPG concerning Question 1 on the 16+ Child Benefit Form "why is the young person not at school" HMRC has now amended the form to remove this question, see New Form
See also survey November 2014 on post-16 Child Benefit.
February 2014 Local Authorities Meeting
Meeting for local authorities chaired by Graham Stuart MP to discuss the formation of a national body of elective home education professionals as recommended by the Education Committee Graham Stuart has now asked Mike Snelson of Lancashire CC to head a steering group. Mike Snelson said that "The task and finish group has been investigating the practicalities of setting up and running a national organisation and has discussed possible structures and terms of reference. A meeting was held in early June, and it is anticipated that there will be more news once the notes from the meeting have been agreed."
Notes from APPG October 22nd 2013: Exams Access
DfE explains how external candidates results don't affect schools November 29th 2013
Worcestershire FE access, reported at October APPG
Notes from Pearson Edexcel Presentation October APPG
Hampshire Exams Access reported at October APPG
Survey questionnaire on exams access September 2013
Positive examples LA support for exams
2012 exams access survey result
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: Electively home educated 14-15 year olds, Departmental Advice 14-16 Enrolment June 2013 page 28 via this page
NEW PAGE DECEMBER 2013 http://edyourself.org/articles/14-16collegeFAQ.php
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
LA budget guidance 2014-15: 1.2.5 SEN support services "Include any costs of providing these services to home educated children". 1.2.7 Other alternative provision services "This may include funding for home educating parents." Read more about SEN and home education funding.
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
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