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Sir Michael Wilshaw Letters

Sir Michael Wilshaw head of Ofsted made a reference to home education in his letter to Nicky Morgan on May 16th regarding illegal private schools. I have added links and a copy of the letter to the page about unregistered schools See also blog post May 17th 2016


Home Education Festivals and Conferences

Home Education Conference Coventry Saturday May 21st + Home Education Festival Suffolk Monday July 25th to Monday August 1st, Alternative Education Festival East Sussex Thursday July 21st to Thursday July 28th, London Home Education Fair Sunday October 2nd More



Consultation Regulation Out of School Settings, Wales

The Welsh Government plans to register and inspection part-time education settings. Consultation ended April 5th 2016. Details + blog post setting out key issues, my consultation response


How Organising Events Can Affect State Benefits

How organising events, trips, groups etc can affect your state benefits (including Housing Benefit) More

Home Education APPG March 2016

All Party Parliamentary Group for Home Education meeting about special educational needs with Stuart Miller, Deputy Director SEN at DfE, March 1st 2016. Notes via this page

Further Delay Welsh Guidance 2016

Further delay to Welsh Home Education Guidance (February 2016)

EHCP SEN Home Education Direct Payments

"We now receive £3,500 per term, for 12 hours of support at home by tutors of our choice, plus 8 hours per week of pre-approved extracurricular funding in areas of my child's special interest..." Read more here

"Crackdown" Update

Secretary of State Nicky Morgan has now confirmed that the Independent on Sunday "crackdown" article referred to tuition centres and not to home education. More

Why Ofsted Asks LAs About Home Education

Ofsted looks at “Children in Need of Help and/or Protection”. Part of this is how LAs deal with “missing children” and a subset of “missing children” includes “children missing education” and “children missing out on education”... More

Ofsted Criticises Alternative Provision Safeguarding

Alternative provision remains a largely uninspected and unregulated sector. There is no requirement for the majority of alternative providers to register with any official body and no formal arrangements to evaluate their quality. More

NSPCC Update

On January 8th I took part in a roundtable discussion on home education and safeguarding with the NSPCC. More Some time around January 24th the NSPCC amended its page about learning from serious case reviews. More

Dylan Seabridge

What has been happening about the Dylan Seabridge case? More Call for independent review discussed in Welsh Assembly

Changes to Pupil Registration Regulations

Consultation on Pupil Registration Regulations, described as "Improving information in identifying children missing education." Closes March 7th 2016. More (ENGLAND ONLY)

FAQ New Rules for Out of School Settings

New web page FAQ "out of school settings" consultation, deadline January 11th. MY CONSULTATION RESPONSE IS HERE Debate in Parliament January 20th 2016 analysed here

Government Crackdown on Home Education?

What is the Government considering for home education in England? New Blog Post UPDATED DECEMBER 28TH 2015

Unregistered Schools

There seems to be widespread confusion about unregistered independent schools, this new web page explains what powers are already available.

Changes to Children Missing Education and Pupil Registration Regulations

DfE has agreed to take action after Ofsted insisted there must be more tracking of children who are taken out of school or who don't return to school. This could involve changes to the Children Missing Education Guidance as well as the Pupil Registration Regulations. UPDATE JANUARY 2016


EHCP Transfers: New Page

New page about conversion of statements to Education Health and Care Plans.

Welsh Home Education Guidance Delayed

On October 8th 2015 the Welsh Government announced a delay in publication of the new non-statutory Elective Home Education Guidance. More. Background here. Home education in Wales here

SEN Survey, England, October 2105

Parents' survey to find out more about families' experience of home education and special educational needs ran till the end of October 2015.https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SENandhomeed2015. Questions

Cambridgeshire CC Model Good Practice

Article in Local Government Chronicle praising Cambridgeshire. More.

School Exclusions

New web page on school exclusions http://edyourself.org/articles/exclusions.php.

Write Up Hesfes 2015 Talks

Hesfes 2015 write up of talks and workshops here

Home Education Fair London September 2015

More 2015 will be the 10th year of the Fair.


More Ofsted Reports July/August 2015

More Ofsted reports published July/August 2015 (after new home education guidance to inspectors). Guidance Inspection Reports Link 1 Inspection Reports Link 2

Lincolnshire Policy Consultation 2015

Lincolnshire’s home education policy consultation closed July 20th 2015. Link 1 Link 2

Budget 2015

Benefit changes announced in the Budget last week look likely to have a significant impact on low-income families' being able to afford to home educate. More (includes link to blog posts about the changes)

Consultation Home Education Guidance Wales July 2015

The Welsh Government has published draft guidance on elective home education. The consultation IS NOW CLOSED (July 3rd 2015). My consultation response

Ofsted 1st Reports After New Guidance June 2015

The first Ofsted reports published June 22nd after new home education guidance to inspectors Guidance Inspection Reports

Kent Consultation Response June 2015

Kent County Council is consulting a new elective home education policy and is also asking for feedback on its new home education web pages. My Consultation Response Background (Closed June 12th 2015)

AEHEP EHE Support Groups Meeting April 2015

The Association for Elective Home Education Professionals (AEHEP) has recently met with home education support groups. Official Notes Personal Notes Education Otherwise Notes Overview https://edyourself.wordpress.com/tag/aehep/


New Ofsted Guidance April 2015

Ofsted has just provided inspectors with new advice about home education More

Labour Letter March 2015

Letter from Tristram Hunt, Shadow Secretary of State for Education, March 24th 2015: "We harbour no intention to change the existing regulations on home education ..." Read more here

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 February 2015

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 March 2015

Oxfordshire is consulting on a new draft policy and associated paperwork. Read my response here. Deadline March 2nd 2015.

Edyourself Blog

I have just begun blogging. Edyourself Blog.

Prime Minister Home Education 2015

On Friday January 23rd 2015 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 February 2015

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 (England) was published in January 2015. More

Launch Association EHE Professionals

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

16+ Child Benefit Survey Results January 2015

More

New Safeguarding Guidance, Wales 2015

New guidance on Safeguarding Children in Education (Wales) was published 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. 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 2014

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 2014

More


Policy Consultation Northern Ireland 2014

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 Announced for Wales

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

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

Civil Servant Dealing with Home Education 2013

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 2012

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 2012

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 2012

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

Select Committee Inquiry Support Home Education 2012

More (September 2012) More

Exams: FAQ

More

SEN Green Paper Pathfinder Pilot Responses 2012

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

More

All Party Parliamentary Group 2011 Exams

More SEE ALSO NEW PAGE APPG

Schools Minister: SEN and Home Education 2011

More

Select Committee Difficulty Exam Participation Home Education 2011

More

Home Education Funding Report 2011

2011 More [NOW SUPERSEDED]


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 2010

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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