New Flexischooling FAQ May 2013What is flexischooling/Why is the definition of flexischooling important/Is flexischooling legal/Has flexischooling been banned/Why did the government change the rules/Can the law be changed overnight in this way/Where parents and schools have made flexischooling arrangements, can these continue/Are the rules different for private schools/What if children are flexischooled because they have special needs/Can new flexischool arrangements be set up/How are schools supposed to mark the register/What's the significance of marking the register absent/What's the issue with Code B in the school register/What's the issue with Code C in the school register/Where are the rules for those Codes/Could there be a special Code for flexischooling in the school register/Can schools get part-funding/There have been quite a few changes already; might it all change again/What does Ofsted say about flexischooling/How can I keep up with all the changes?
Read more here http://edyourself.org/articles/flexischooling.php
Staffordshire ConsultationNext consultation meeting May 20th. Read draft revised paperwork and give feedback directly to council here http://education.staffordshire.gov.uk/Curriculum/Services/HomeEducation/ Online survey (anonymous) + draft paperwork for comment here http://tolu.na/10vM3XI Deadline May 15th
Latest on 14-16 College Funding April 2013http://edyourself.org/articles/WolfReport.php#emailtoparentapril26th Email to Home Educating Parent About Under-16s College Funding, April 26th
On April 19th the Education Funding Agency published letters to local authorities and to Further Education colleges which can be read here http://edyourself.org/14-16collegeletter1.pdf http://edyourself.org/14-16collegeletter2.pdf EFA will fund any college for home educated young people aged 14-16 from September 2013. More details are expected by the end of April but meanwhile please direct further questions to regional EFA contacts, details here http://www.education.gov.uk/aboutdfe/executiveagencies/efa/b00199952/educationfundingagency/contacts
Read more here http://edyourself.org/articles/allpartygrouphomeeducation.php#apgfe14-16 and here http://edyourself.org/articles/WolfReport.php
New Statutory Guidance Post-16 Participation Published March 2013http://www.education.gov.uk/childrenandyoungpeople/youngpeople/participation/rpa/g00222993/stat-guide-young-people-edu-employ-train "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. In most circumstances it will be the young person themselves who states that they are home-educated. If the authority believes there is some doubt in the matter they may wish to seek confirmation of this from the parent or guardian, but no on-going monitoring of the education is required." p.3 paragraph 8 http://media.education.gov.uk/assets/files/pdf/p/participation%20of%20young%20people%20-%20statutory%20guidance%20-%20annex%201%20defining%20participation_001.pdf Annex 1 Defining Participation. Click here to read my page on the leaving age http://edyourself.org/articles/leavingage.php and here on claiming Child Benefit and Child Tax Credit for home educated young people over the age of 16 http://edyourself.org/articles/claimbenefitspost16s.php http://edyourself.org/articles/benefits.php
New Website SEN FAQA new website is being set up to answer frequently asked questions about home education and special needs in England http://www.ehe-sen.org.uk/ Click here for a sample of quotes from LAs on SEN and home education http://www.ehe-sen.org.uk/senquotes.php
Welcome News On Funding 14-16s CollegeAt a meeting in London on March 19th Where individual 14-16s begin a college course in September 2013 the college will be able to claim the course fees directly from the Government, irrespective of whether the college signs up to the whole new 14-16s direct admission scheme this year or not. DfE is now working on urgent clarification over what is termed "infill to the college's post-16 provision" which will be posted on the Government website although this may not now be till directly after Easter.
Wales Drops Plans to Change Home Education Law This TimeFeedback from meeting with Welsh Assembly Govermment, March 2013: The consultation closed with 580 responses. Analysis is almost complete and WAG has no plans to include home education in upcoming legislation. It is advisable to keep in touch with Assembly Members http://edyourself.org/articles/AMs.php
New Funding Guidance February 2013
The DfE web page on home education funding was updated at the end of February 2013 http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/pupilsupport/parents/involvement/homeeducation/a0073322/funding-for-home-education with information about High Needs Block Funding from 2013 and transitional arrangements for the Alternative Provision Census from Andrew Wye at DfE Funding Unit.
Read the Guidance and FAQ here http://edyourself.org/articles/funding.php
Home Education Guidelines ChangeHome Education Guidelines withdrawn, republished with amended paragraph on flexischooling and then changed again to remove the flexischooling paragraph on March 22nd. http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/pupilsupport/parents/involvement/homeeducation/a0073367/elective-home-education-guidelines and revised EHE Guidelines March 22nd 2013
Statement from DfE on Elective Home EducationConcerns have been raised about the wording of a Government consultation document suggesting that the Government intends to change the law so that all children will have to attend school. However, after contact with MP Graham Stuart, the Department for Education has just issued the following statement: "Parents who choose to home-educate their children are free to do so as an alternative to registering them at school. The Department’s policy on elective home education has not changed."
Change to Civil Servants Dealing with Elective Home Education
Iain Campbell and Lisa Thom no longer have elective home education as part of their brief. This responsibility has been picked up by Stephen Bishop.
Consultation Revised Guidance Children Missing Education
The Department for Education is running a consultation till February 15th 2013 on revised Guidance for Children Missing Education. http://edyourself.org/articles/seninchildrenfamiliesbill.php#cmeconsult2013 My response http://edyourself.org/cmeconsultationresponsefeb2013.pdf
SEN Proposals in the new Children and Families Bill February 2013The Children and Families Bill proposes to change the law on adoption, looked after children, the family justice system, SEN, and how childcare is regulated. SEN is covered in clauses 19-72 of the Bill. Read more here http://edyourself.org/articles/seninchildrenfamiliesbill.php
Freedom of Information Responses on Location, Spending and SENhttp://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 Educationhttp://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201213/cmselect/cmeduc/559/559.pdf http://edyourself.org/articles/edcomsupporthomeed.php http://edyourself.org/articles/allpartygrouphomeeducation.php#followuptonovsen My Written Evidence is published here
Publication of Education Committee Report on Scrutiny Draft SEN Billhttp://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201213/cmselect/cmeduc/631/631.pdf via this page http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/education-committee/publications/ http://edyourself.org/articles/allpartygrouphomeeducation.php#followuptonovsen 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 2013Statement from 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. The 16-19 funding formula allows for part-time participation. Other 14-16 year olds (ie those who have been previously enrolled in a school but wish to undertake their KS4 education at a college) will be able to enrol full-time at a college, these students will not be able to enrol part-time...[for home educated young people] Arrangements are between the parents and the college and do not need to involve the local authority at all." For further enquiries to DfE, please use the contact form on the DfE website https://www.education.gov.uk/help/contactus/dfe http://edyourself.org/articles/WolfReport.php
Flawed Consultation Process: Wales 2012 (FOIs)http://edyourself.org/flawedconsultwales.pdf http://edyourself.org/leightonandrewsletter.pdf
Parliamentary Event SEN + Disability, November 27th 2012http://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. Chaired by Lord Lucas; Deputy Director SEN from DfE confirmed attending.
DfE Announcement: 14-16s To Apply Directly To College From September 2013"Following the Wolf Report, from September 2013 colleges will be able to admit 14-16 year olds and be funded directly for them by the Education Funding Agency. Local authorities will no longer be able to claim direct support grant funding for them. As a transitional measure, we will make arrangements to compensate authorities through 2013-14 for cases where they are supporting a home educated pupil in a college in academic year 2012/13 and were expecting to claim direct support grant for this in the 2013-14 financial year." Applies to England only. DfE Alternative Provision FAQ Update and LA Update DfE November 5th 2012:Arrangements for funding home educated 14- 16-year-old pupils in colleges http://www.education.gov.uk/inthenews/inthenews/a00218597/colleges-free-to-enrol-14-to-16-year-olds (13th December 2012)
RAF Cosford Home Education Event February 2013Flier http://edyourself.org/rafcosfordbookingformfeb2013event.pdf and Booking Form http://edyourself.org/rafcosfordfliereventfeb2013.pdf
Consultation Response (Wales) Consultation Closes November 23rdhttp://edyourself.org/articles/webversiondraftconsultationwales.php
Welsh Government Consultation Events October 2012http://edyourself.org/articles/welshconsultationdoc.php#youngpeopleworkshops
Education Committee Oral Evidence Session SEN Draft BillEducation Committee SEN Draft Bill Evidence Session October 24th My web page on SEN changes (England)
Education Committee 2nd Oral Evidence Session: Inquiry Support Home Educationhttp://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201213/cmselect/cmeduc/uc559-ii/uc55901.htm
Updated Information on WalesFollowing the Welsh Assembly announcement on September 3rd regarding possible changes to the law on home education in Wales, home educators organised a series of workshops in September and October New pages on Wales Autumn 2012: Briefing Paper and Briefing Paper pdf 1 page summary pdf Talking to Assembly Members Freedom of Information Request to Welsh LAs (including pdfs and spreadsheet)
Size of Local Authority Key Factor in Claiming Funding for Home Educated ChildrenSmaller local authorities make much less use of available funding. In councils with fewer than 50 home educated children, not a single authority has decided to claim funding on behalf of home educated children. Read more here
Registration and Monitoring for Wales: New ConsultationWelsh Assembly Government registration and monitoring consultation opened September 3rd Read more about home education law in Wales here http://edyourself.org/articles/conferences.php#wales2012 Workshop For Home Educators, Llandudno October 16th, 2012
Select Committee Inquiry into Support for Home Education (England) September 5th 2012http://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 Questionshttp://edyourself.org/articles/examsfaq.php
Exams Report 2012How do home educated young people take exams and does the local authority offer any help or support? A new Report published today compares the advice given by local councils with the experience of home educating families and identifies models of good practice. http://edyourself.org/articles/examsreport.php
Compulsory Registration for Home Educated Children in Wales?http://edyourself.org/articles/EnglandandWales.php#registrationplans
Hesfes Workshop Noteshttp://edyourself.org/articles/hesfes2012workshop14-19.php http://edyourself.org/articles/hesfes2012workshopsingleparents.php http://edyourself.org/articles/hesfes2012workshopspecialneeds.php via http://edyourself.org/articles/conferences.php
New Funding System For Post-16 Education From 2013-14http://edyourself.org/articles/WolfReport.php#reformqualificationspost16
Raising Participation Age Announcement July 2012On July 2nd 2012 DfE made the following statement about home education when the participation age is raised: "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..." Read more here http://edyourself.org/articles/leavingage.php
Answers to Funding FOIsFind out which local authorities in England claimed funding for the current year and whether they will be claiming funding next year. Read FOI responses here http://edyourself.org/articles/fundingfoijune2012.php#responses
Disability Living Allowance To End Earlier In North of EnglandFrom April 2013 there will be no new claims for Disability Living Allowance in the North of England. Instead, claimants will undergo face to face assessments for the new Personal Independence Payment. All 16 year olds will be treated as new claimants.
Birmingham Council Modifies Initial Contact ProcedureBirmingham 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,
Freedom of Information Funding Request June 2012http://edyourself.org/articles/fundingfoijune2012.php
Conferences Summer 2012Autonomous Home Education Conference,HESFES Home Education Camp http://edyourself.org/articles/conferences.php
Education Committee Inquiry into Home Education Supporthttp://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/education-committee/news/new-inquiry-support-for-home-education/
DfE Next Steps for SEN May 2012http://edyourself.org/articles/SEN.php
SEN Green Paper Pathfinder Pilot Responses6 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
Updated Funding PageWith new links from Buckinghamshire and Hampshire Council meetings resolving issues around pump-priming and the Elective Home Education Premium. http://edyourself.org/articles/funding.php
Number of Home Educated Children in England 2011Freedom of Information requests to all local authorities in England show that at the end of 2011 there were 20,842 home educated children. http://edyourself.org/articles/FOIhomeednumbers2011.php
RAF Cosford Home Education Event May 17th 2012the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford, West Midlands Glider Challenge Day for Home Educated children age 10+.
SEN Green Paper Pathfinder Excluding Home Educated?http://edyourself.org/articles/sengpfoi.php
Council Web Pages on Home Education: UpdatedIn the wake of Lancashire's new procedural document for elective home education, this page featuring council home education policies has now been updated.
Birmingham Council Ongoing Discussion with Home Educatorshttp://www.birmingham.gov.uk/home-education
Lancashire New Home Education Procedures Document February 2012Following consultations and meetings with home educators, Lancashire Council has now published its highly recommended new Elective Home Education Procedures Document which may be found here
Update on Wolf Reporthttp://edyourself.org/articles/WolfReport.php
Consultation on Regulations for Raising Participation Agehttp://edyourself.org/articles/leavingage.php#RPAconsult
Freedom of Information Requests for Numbers Home Educated ChildrenOn December 28th I sent FOI to all LAs in England. I am posting the ongoing summary of the trend in numbers since 2009 here The numbers are roughly the same as in 2009.
Home Educators' Experience of Taking Examshttp://edyourself.org/articles/examshomeedexp.php
My Response to Lancashire Consultation on Draft Policyhttp://edyourself.org/articles/lancashireconsultation2.pdf
Exam Centre Survey: Local Authority Support Finding Somewhere to Sit ExamsI have asked all local authorities in England what they are doing to support and encourage local schools and colleges for home educated young people to be able to sit exams as private candidates and I am posting the responses here
DfE publishes answers to funding questions for home education November 2011New FAQ on Alternative Provision Funding up on DFE website and available to read as a web page here
Welfare Reform Update October 2011The Welfare Reform Bill has almost finished in the House of Lords and will become law after Christmas. Read more here
Worcestershire Council Change of Heart on College FundingFollowing a review of the case, Worcestershire Council has now agreed to fund the college place for a 15 year old boy who was previously in elective home education. Read more here
Lancashire Council Draft Home Education Policy Autumn 2011Lancashire Council's current draft policy makes some attempt to address long-standing concerns expressed by the local home education community, but a number of problems remain, where the Council has not brought its procedures up to date and in line with current Government policies. Read more here
2011-12 Alternative Provision Guidance Clarifies Home Education FundingIn publishing the revised Guidance for 2011-12 on September 30th 2011, the Department for Education has gone some considerable way towards addressing the concerns raised at the recent All Party Parliamentary Group Meeting chaired by Graham Stuart MP. Read the Guidance here
Red Balloon of the Air: New Online Schools For Children Recovering From BullyingRed Balloon of the Air (RBAir) is a new initiative, providing online school plus an integrated support package for children who have been bullied and who are unable to attend mainstream school. Read more here and here
New Line Graphs Showing Numbers of Home Educated Children 2005-2009Click here to see the number of home educated children recorded in over half the local authorities in England, covering the period from 2005 to 2009.
New Map Showing Relative Number Home Educated Children in Different LAsMy home educated son Theo has made maps to show the relative numbers of home educated children in different local authority areas in England. Click here
Head of Lancashire Audit Committee Criticises Council's Policies for Home Education"As the Council is effectively ignoring half of the children concerned, yet overstates its responsibilities to them, the Council is at risk of acquiring liabilities that it might not otherwise have had, and of missing children who are not receiving an education." Read more from Lancashire's Audit Committee here
New page: Feedback from APPG Event September 2011DfE confirms that there will be new Alternative Provision Guidance out by the end of the month which should be more fit for purpose. Feedback from the APPG meeting here
What Happened to Graham Badman's Recommendations?What Happened to Badman Recommendations since the Election? See also What Schools Minister Nick Gibb says about home education
August 2011: New DfE Information on SEN Funding and Home EducationNew Page August 2011: DfE statement on SEN Funding
All Party Parliamentary Group on Home Education Open Meeting September 6th 2011The Elective Home Education APPG will be holding an open meeting in the House of Commons on Tuesday September 6th to look at local authority support for home educating families and access to examinations and further education.
National Audit Office on value for money in SEN servicesNational Audit Office Consultation on Value for Money in SEN Services The study focuses on education for young people aged 16-25 with a special educational need or learning difficulty/ disability. The full report was published in November
Schools Minister: SEN and Home EducationJuly 2011: Nick Gibb on SEN Support for Home educated Children
Schools Minister Confirms Home Education Funding Guidance Will Be Clarifiedhttp://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201011/cmhansrd/cm110718/text/110718w0001.htm#11071831000537
House of Commons Daily Hansard - Written Answers 18 July 2011 : Column 535W Home Education: Fees and Charges
Mr Gibb: The guidance for the alternative provision census is currently being reviewed. We will clarify the section on home education to make it clear that local authorities can include home-educated children where the authority is paying for their education in a further education college or elsewhere, and so receive funding for these children through the dedicated schools grant.
Select Committee Highlights Difficulty Exam Participation For Home EducationJuly 19 2011: Select Committee 16-19 Participation: Home Education Exam Difficulties Private Candidates 56. "Schools and colleges will also need to be sensitive to the needs of children who have not necessarily followed a mainstream curriculum up to the age of 16, such as children who have been home-educated ... Any such children who study at school or college post-16 might not have the qualifications to satisfy the formal entrance requirements, for instance because of difficulties faced in taking exams as private candidates." page 24 Participation by 16–19 year olds in education and training,
Schools Minister to promote under 16s Access to CollegeMinister Nick Gibb to promote Under-16s Access to College
Nick Gibb written answer to MP Graham Stuart July 4th: "In response to Professor Wolf's recommendations, all of which were accepted by Government, we made a commitment to communicate to all schools and colleges that more young people should be offered the opportunity to enrol in college pre-16."
My Sen Green Paper Consultation ResponseSEN Green Paper Consultation Response Now Online
Sheffield Council new web page 2011New Home Education Web Page for Sheffield Council More user-friendly updated information about home education now up on the Sheffield Council website. Commitment to supporting access to Further Education for home educated under 16s. Greatly improved.
Birmingham Science Museum Think Tank Days for Home EducatorsBirmingham Science Museum Home Education Think Tank Days The programme has been developed following consultation with local Home Educating Families with the support from the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council.
Briefing on SEN Green Paper 2011Briefing on SEN Green Paper Includes information on the new Health, Education and Care Plans, pathfinder areas and personal budgets and tribunals plus Useful Links
Surrey Council Home Education Consultation Summer 2011Surrey County Council Home Education Policy Consultation Surrey is to be commended for opening this Draft Home Education Policy to public consultation after meetings with home educating stakeholders. The draft policy is also admirably concise. Consultation runs till end September.
June 2011: Legal Aid retained for Special Needs Tribunals but excluded for Welfare Rights
Notes from Flexischooling Conference 2011Notes from Flexischooling Conference June 17th
New Search Facility for Ed YourselfEntering a phrase such as "leaving age" into the search box will now return matching titles and matching content. Web designer Theo Parmakis.
New Site Map designed by my son Theo ParmakisNew Sitemap for Ed Yourself
Update on Surrey, June 2011, model good practiceSurrey CC Home Education Focus Group Recommendations, Cabinet Office Response + Comments
Benefits UpdateUpdates on Income Support Lone Parents, ESA, Mandatory Work Activity, New Enterprise Allowance, Universal Credit
Sheffield Council Funding Pilot 2011Sheffield Funding College Places Home Educated 14-16s
How Flexischooling WorksHow Flexischooling Works
Free Eye Tests Regional AnomalyFree Eye Tests Regional Anomaly 16+
Home Education Funding Report 2011May 2011: Home Education Funding Report now available online Law, guidance, policy and practice throughout England. Regional variations in funding for special educational needs support and college places 14-16s where children are electively home educated.
Update on Wolf Report RecommendationsMay 2011: Updated web page on the Wolf Report Minister promises greater access to college for 14-16; study maths and English to 19 if no GCSEs; fund learning programme post-16 rather than individual qualifications.
May 2011: Government Drops Plan for Delay in DeregistrationMinister Nick Gibb announces in the House of Commons that the Government will not now be introducing a 20 day delay in removing child's name from the school roll.
Hansard Education Bill Report 11th May Graham Stuart MP and Minister Nick Gibb Column 1217
Hansard Education Bill Report 11th May Column 1239
They Work For You: Graham Stuart 11th May 3.30pm
They Work For You:Graham Stuart 11th May 3.45pm (Barnsley, Sheffield, South Gloucs, Lancs websites)
They Work For You:Nick Gibb 11th May 4.45pm (Plans to delay deregistration dropped)
They Work For You: Graham Stuart and Nick Gibb 11th May 4.50pm (Dossier on Local Authorities)
Ofsted New Guidance on Children's Services AssessmentOfsted Publishes New Guidance on Children's Services Assessment 2011 with no more assessment against Every Child Matters and Children and Young People's Plan. Likely new impact indicators: readiness to progress to next stage of education; attainment at 16 and 19; + narrowing the gap in attainment for vulnerable groups.
Raising the Leaving Age: Parliament Web Page on Home EducationCommencement of enforcement duties - local authority enforcement notices, panels, penalty notices, and ultimately a criminal offence for failure to comply with an attendance notice - 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 CouncilNo changes to the existing budget for Elective Home Education but different ways of working which should offer greater value for money to the 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
Quarter of Local Authorities Claim Funding for Children Educated By Parental ChoiceA survey of local authorities in England reveals that a quarter are claiming funding for special educational needs support or college places for under 16s where children are educated at home by parental choice. However, a quarter of local authorities who have responded to date maintain that the regulations prevent them from claiming for children in elective home education.
Read our Interim Summary of Alternative Provision Funding for Elective Home Education
December 2010 Government Home Education Guidelines Available as Web PageGovernment 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 SupportThe public consultation on the Pupil Premium which ran during the Summer of 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