House of Commons Briefing Note

The House of Commons Library produces research briefings for MPs on topical issues. A new Note has been published on home education, read more here here

Report of AEHEP Launch

The Association of Elective Home Education Professionals - a national body for local authority personnel - held a launch at the House of Commons on February 26th 2015. Read more here Link 1 Link 2 Link 3

Oxfordshire Consultation Response

Oxfordshire is consulting on a new draft policy and associated paperwork. Read my response here. Deadline Monday March 2nd.

Edyourself Blog

In addition to Edyourself Twitter Fiona Nicholson Twitter and Edyourself Facebook, I have just started an Edyourself Blog.

Prime Minister

On Friday January 23rd home educators met with the Prime Minister, who said that the party was in favour of choice in education including home education and that there was no need to change legislation or guidelines.

New EHE Guidance Wales

A company called Wavehill is developing new non-statutory guidance on elective home education for the Welsh Government. Deadline for feedback, February 16th 2015. More

Updated CME Guidance England 2015

The fourth revised version of Children Missing Education Guidance was published in January 2015. More

Launch Association EHE Professionals

The new Association of Elective Home Education Professionals is holding a launch on Thursday 26th February 2015. More

16+ Child Benefit Survey Results


New Safeguarding Guidance, Wales

New guidance on Safeguarding Children in Education (Wales) was published on January 15th 2015. Final guidance is much better on home education than the 2013 consultation draft. More

DfE Letters to LAs

DfE correspondence to Local Authorities, FOIs, updated January 2015 More

Home Education Numbers 2005-14

Interactive line graphs for home education numbers in England 2005-14 here

Home Education Numbers 2013-14

In July 2014 local authorities in England recorded 27,292 home educated children Article Bar Charts

Compulsory English and Maths 16+

Skills Minister Nick Boles "for the foreseeable future, English and mathematics IGCSEs will count as equivalent to GCSEs for the purposes of recognising prior attainment in the 16 to 19 English and mathematics Condition of Funding ..." More

New Leaflets

2 new leaflets are now available: 1 page pdf Summary Law and 3 page pdf Home Education and SEN

Somerset and Essex Axe EHE Service

Somerset has withdrawn its home education service because of the need to make savings, and Essex has announced plans to do the same. More More

Home Education Fairs 2014

Saturday September 13th home education fair in London; Saturday October 18th home education fair in Birmingham. More

APPG October 2014

The next meeting of the APPG will be in Portcullis House at Westminster on Monday October 13th at 6pm with a theme of 14-19 education. All welcome. More

New SEN Code Practice

SEN Code of Practice approved by parliament July 2014 More about change from statements to EHC plans. More about transition at 16. New SEN links updated August 2014 ENGLAND ONLY

Universal Credit Sanctions

I made this page because I keep being asked if claimants who are sanctioned will also stop getting money for rent More Update March 2015: UC has been greatly delayed.

Changes to Law SEN Wales


Policy Consultation Northern Ireland

Summmer 2014: in Northern Ireland the policy for home education is under review Background Questions have been asked at Stormont Link My consultation response

New Guidance for Wales

Minister Huw Lewis has asked officials to draw up new Guidance for Elective Home Education by May 2015. More

Children and Families Act 2014

The Children and Families Act is now law, with a new system for SEN and disability. More

GOV.UK Web Link EHE Guidelines

The Home Education Guidelines are no longer on the DfE website but can be found here via this web page

Council Support for Exams

Exams Report: how do local councils help home educating families with exams Full Report as pdf Web Page Summary

Council Web Information on Home Education

Council web information about home education (England only)

2014-15 Funding

DfE 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." More

Online GCSEs

Which GCSE subjects would be most popular if FE colleges started to offer distance learning courses? More

Minister's Letter to Graham Stuart 2013

Edward Timpson: "no duty on local authorities to assure themselves that the provision being made by parents for home educated children is suitable..." (June 2013) More

Government Guidance 14-16s College

DfE guidance on funding for home educated 14-16s More (Updated for 2014-15)

New Flexischooling FAQ

Update on flexischooling More

Badman Review

Looking back on Badman More

New Statutory Guidance Post-16 Participation

"For young people who are being home educated, no hourly requirement of education applies: the amount and content of that education is at the discretion of the home educator...No on-going monitoring of the education is required." More Updated for 2014-15

New Website SEN FAQ

Civil Servant Dealing with Home Education

Stephen Bishop is the new DfE contact for home education.

Freedom of Information Location, Spending and SEN

Where do local authorities put home education, how much do they spend, what services and support are available for SEN More

Education Committee Report Support For Home Education

Education Committee publishes report into Support for Home Education, December 2012 More

Flawed Consultation Process Wales 2012 (FOIs)

Freedom of Information Responses, Wales 2012. More

Parliamentary Event SEN + Disability

Meeting Westminster November 2012 to discuss changes to funding and assessment for Special Educational Needs and Disability when children are not on a school roll. More

Registration and Monitoring Wales Consultation

Welsh Assembly Government registration and monitoring consultation opened September 3rd NOW SUPERSEDED; PLANS DROPPED, UPDATED INFORMATION HERE

Select Committee Inquiry Support for Home Education

More (September 2012) More

Exams: Frequently Asked Questions


SEN Green Paper Pathfinder Pilot Responses

6 page pdf collated Freedom of Information responses from SEN Green Paper Pathfinder Pilot areas. Children have not yet been selected for the Pilots. More

Lancashire New Home Education Procedures


All Party Parliamentary Group 2011 Exams


Schools Minister: SEN and Home Education


Select Committee Difficulty Exam Participation Home Education


Home Education Funding Report 2011


March 2011: SEN Green Paper Mentions Home Education

"Many parents, and particularly the parents of children with SEN, turn to home education because they feel that the school system has failed to meet their child’s needs. Where home educated children have a statement, local authorities have a duty to ensure that the child’s SEN are being met and the local authorities have to review the children’s statements annually. In some cases, parents on their own may not be able to make suitable provision for their children but could do so with some support from the local authority. We expect that when local authorities are considering whether parents are making suitable provision that they also consider whether to use their power under the Education Act 1996 to make special educational provision out of school to help the parents make their provision suitable for their child’s SEN. We also expect local authorities to consider whether home educated children who had been in receipt of support at School Action Plus at school should continue to receive that support through local authorities using their power under the 1996 Act to make provision out of school."
Paragraph 2.54 of the SEN Green Paper NOW SUPERSEDED BY CHILDREN AND FAMILIES ACT 2014. More

Government Home Education Guidelines Available as Web Page

Government Elective Home Education Guidelines now available in easy-search web page format. December 2010. More

EO campaign site news archive 2007-2010


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