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Children and Families Act 2014

The Children and Families Act (no longer a Bill) received royal assent on March 13th and is now available on the Government legislation website http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2014/6/contents/enacted. Background information here


GOV.UK Web Link for EHE Guidelines

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


NEW: Analysis Council Support for Exams

NEW http://edyourself.org/councilexamsupport.pdf via http://edyourself.org/articles/examsreport.php#full

Information about exams on council websites may be non-existent or misleading, but please see the full report for examples of good practice


NEW Spreadsheet Council Web Information on Home Education

Council web information about home education (England only) http://edyourself.org/LAwebsites.xls

NB For some councils it will work to put your postcode here https://www.gov.uk/home-schooling-information-council to get the relevant local authority information on home education


2014-15 LA Budget Instructions Mention Home Education

NEW 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." Deadline March 2014. Read more here



Exams Access Survey 2013

I sent out a survey in September 2013 asking about local authorities' help with access to exams. A summary of the interim results from 75/150 LAs was published on November 29th 2013. Read more here


DfE High Needs Funding Block Web Page

DfE High Needs Block web page now includes link to DfE Home Education Funding web page

Staffordshire Council Revised Paperwork

Staffordshire CC revised paperwork

Consultation on new SEN Code of Practice

Consultation on new SEN Code of Practice opened October 4th 2013, closes December 9th 2013. Home education is covered in pages 146-148
http://edyourself.org/articles/newcode.php

Walkthrough Safeguarding Consultation Wales

http://edyourself.org/articles/safeguardingconsultwales.php

Home Education Fair London September 14th


https://sites.google.com/site/homeeducationfair/

Notes from Hesfes Workshops July 2013

http://edyourself.org/articles/hesfes2013workshops.php

Home Education Not Included in Education (Wales) Bill

http://edyourself.org/articles/EnglandandWales.php

Feedback from Online GCSEs Survey

Which GCSE subjects would be most popular if FE colleges started to offer distance learning courses? http://edyourself.org/articles/onlinegcses.php

Minister's Letter to Graham Stuart MP June 2013

Edward Timpson: "no duty on local authorities to assure themselves that the provision being made by parents for home educated children is suitable..." http://edyourself.org/articles/ministersen.php

Government Guidance Published on 14-16s College

In response to calls from the Home Education APPG DfE has finally published necessary guidance on funding for home educated 14-16s.
http://edyourself.org/articles/WolfReport.php#14-16collegelatest

Special Needs and Home Education Discussed in Parliament

http://edyourself.org/articles/seninchildrenfamiliesbill.php#report

14-16s Home Education College Events May/June 2013

http://edyourself.org/articles/WolfReport.php#14-16scollegeevents2013


New Flexischooling FAQ May 2013

http://edyourself.org/articles/flexischooling.php


New Statutory Guidance Post-16 Participation Published March 2013

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/participation-of-young-people-education-employment-and-training "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." http://edyourself.org/articles/leavingage.php

New Website SEN FAQ

http://www.ehe-sen.org.uk/


Wales Drops Plans to Change Home Education Law




Change to Civil Servants Dealing with Elective Home Education

Stephen Bishop is the new DfE contact for home education.


SEN Proposals in the new Children and Families Bill February 2013

The Children and Families Bill published February 2013. SEN covered in clauses 19-72 of the Bill
http://edyourself.org/articles/seninchildrenfamiliesbill.php

Freedom of Information Responses on Location, Spending and SEN

http://edyourself.org/articles/2013foissenandlocationehe.php

Welsh Plans Put On Hold

"Plans to make the parents of home-schooled children join an official register in Wales have been put on hold following a backlash..." http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-politics-20898475

Publication of Education Committee Report on Support For Home Education

http://edyourself.org/articles/edcomsupporthomeed.php


Wales To Delay Legislative Change:Leighton Andrews Announcement

"I believe it would be beneficial to delay taking forward the legislative proposals in the current Education (Wales) Bill." Read the Minister's statement here http://edyourself.org/leightonandrewsstatementdec21.pdf

Part-time College For 14-16s From September 2013

DfE: "From 2013/14, funding for home educated pupils aged 14-16 who are attending colleges will be passed directly to the colleges through the 16-19 funding formula. Some of these pupils may be attending part-time, some of them full-time.
http://edyourself.org/articles/WolfReport.php


Parliamentary Event SEN + Disability, November 27th 2012

http://edyourself.org/articles/allpartygrouphomeeducation.php Meeting Westminster to discuss changes to funding and assessment for Special Educational Needs and Disability when children are not on a school roll


Consultation Response (Wales) Consultation Closes November 23rd

http://edyourself.org/articles/webversiondraftconsultationwales.php

Welsh Government Consultation Events October 2012

http://edyourself.org/articles/welshconsultationdoc.php#youngpeopleworkshops

Education Committee Oral Evidence Session SEN Draft Bill

Education Committee SEN Draft Bill Evidence Session October 24th

Education Committee 2nd Oral Evidence Session: Inquiry Support Home Education

http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201213/cmselect/cmeduc/uc559-ii/uc55901.htm

Updated Information on Wales

Welsh Assembly announcement September 3rd 2012 possible changes to law on home education; home educators organised a series of workshops in September and October Briefing Paper NOW SUPERSEDED; PLANS DROPPED, UPDATED INFORMATION HERE

Size of Local Authority Key Factor in Claiming Funding for Home Educated Children

http://edyourself.org/articles/fundingreport2012.php#size

Registration and Monitoring for Wales: New Consultation

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

Select Committee Inquiry into Support for Home Education (England) September 5th 2012

http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/education-committee/inquiries/parliament-2010/support-for-home-education/
Click here to read Oral Evidence

Exams: Frequently Asked Questions

http://edyourself.org/articles/examsfaq.php


Compulsory Registration for Home Educated Children in Wales?

http://edyourself.org/articles/EnglandandWales.php#registrationplans NOW SUPERSEDED; PLANS DROPPED, UPDATED INFORMATION HERE


New Funding System For Post-16 Education From 2013-14

http://edyourself.org/articles/WolfReport.php#reformqualificationspost16

Raising Participation Age Announcement July 2012

July 2012 DfE: "For home education – no hourly rate will apply as parents have discretion over what is provided. Just as it is pre-16, properly provided home education is a valid route for young people..." http://edyourself.org/articles/leavingage.php

Answers to Funding FOIs

Which local authorities in England claimed funding for 2011-12 + will they claim 2012-13
http://edyourself.org/articles/fundingfoijune2012.php#responses NOW SUPERSEDED, FUNDING CHANGED, UPDATED INFORMATION HERE

Disability Living Allowance To End Earlier In North of England

http://edyourself.org/articles/bootle.php#emailMP NOW DELAYED

Birmingham Council Modifies Initial Contact Procedure

Birmingham Council's Elective Home Education Team have responded to issues raised by local home educators and asked the Integrated Family Support Team to stop handing out the Parent Questionnaire to new home educators,


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. http://edyourself.org/articles/sengreenpaperpilots.pdf


Number of Home Educated Children in England

Freedom of Information requests show 20,842 home educated children. http://edyourself.org/articles/FOIhomeednumbers.php

Council Web Pages on Home Education: Updated

Council home education web pages

Lancashire New Home Education Procedures Document February 2012

Lancashire Council highly recommended new Elective Home Education Procedures Document

Consultation on Regulations for Raising Participation Age

http://edyourself.org/articles/leavingage.php#RPAconsult

Home Educators' Experience of Taking Exams

http://edyourself.org/articles/examshomeedexp.php

Exam Centre Survey: Local Authority Support Finding Somewhere to Sit Exams

Exams Access Survey 2011 FOLLOW-UP SURVEY IN 2013

Welfare Reform Update October 2011

Welfare Reform Bill will become law after Christmas NB THIS PAGE IS STILL BEING UPDATED


New Line Graphs Showing Numbers of Home Educated Children 2005-2009

Line graph showing number home educated children 2005 to 2009.

New Map Showing Relative Number Home Educated Children in Different LAs

Maps to show the relative numbers of home educated children in different local authority areas

What Happened to Graham Badman's Recommendations?

What Happened to Badman Recommendations since the Election?

All Party Parliamentary Group on Home Education Meeting September 2011

http://edyourself.org/articles/APPGfeedback.php SEE ALSO NEW PAGE APPG 2012-13

National Audit Office on value for money in SEN services

National Audit Office Consultation on Value for Money in SEN Services

Schools Minister: SEN and Home Education

July 2011: Nick Gibb on SEN Support for Home educated Children

Select Committee Highlights Difficulty Exam Participation For Home Education

July 19 2011: Select Committee 16-19 Participation: Home Education Exam Difficulties Private Candidates

My Sen Green Paper Consultation Response

SEN Green Paper Consultation Response Now Online GREEN PAPER NOW SUPERSEDED BY CHILDREN AND FAMILIES BILL

June 2011: Legal Aid retained for Special Needs Tribunals but excluded for Welfare Rights


New Site Map designed by my son Theo Parmakis

New Sitemap for Ed Yourself


Free Eye Tests Regional Anomaly

Free Eye Tests Regional Anomaly 16+

Home Education Funding Report 2011

May 2011: Home Education Funding Report now available online [NOW SUPERSEDED]


Ofsted New Guidance on Children's Services Assessment

Ofsted Publishes New Guidance on Children's Services Assessment 2011 NOW SUPERSEDED, SEE SOCIAL SERVICES PAGE FOR UPDATES

Raising the Leaving Age: Parliament Web Page on Home Education

Commencement of enforcement duties to be delayed. Fiona Nicholson: Written Evidence to Education Select Committee on 16-19 Participation Home Education and the School Leaving Age

Model of Good Practice. Surrey County Council

Draft EHE Policy, Surrey 2011     EHE Task Group Report and Recommendations, Surrey 2011

March 2011: SEN Green Paper says LAs should help home educating families with SEN children

"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 BILL

December 2010 Government Home Education Guidelines Available as Web Page

Government Elective Home Education Guidelines are now available in easy-search web page format.

December 2010 Government Says No to 10% DSG Funding for Home Education Support

Public consultation on Pupil Premium Summer 2010 raised the possibility of local authorities being able to claim 10% of the Dedicated Schools Grant to support home educated young people taking exams as private candidates but in December 2010 the Government ruled this out.
Executive Summary School Funding December 2010

EO campaign site news archive 2007-2010

http://freedom.edyourself.org/update.php

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