Consultation Regulation Out of School Settings, WalesThe Welsh Government plans to register and inspection part-time education settings. The consultation closes on April 5th 2016. Details + new blog post setting out key issues, my consultation response
How Organising Events Can Affect State BenefitsHow organising events, trips, groups etc can affect your state benefits (including Housing Benefit) More
Home Education APPG March 2016All 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 2016Further 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" UpdateSecretary 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 EducationOfsted 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 SafeguardingAlternative 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 UpdateOn 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 SeabridgeWhat has been happening about the Dylan Seabridge case? More Call for independent review discussed in Welsh Assembly
Changes to Pupil Registration RegulationsConsultation 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 SettingsNew 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 SchoolsThere 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 RegulationsDfE 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
Kent New PolicyAt the end of November 2015 Kent County Council Cabinet formally adopted a new elective home education policy More
EHCP Transfers: New PageNew page about conversion of statements to Education Health and Care Plans.
Welsh Home Education Guidance DelayedOn 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 2105Parents' 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 PracticeArticle in Local Government Chronicle praising Cambridgeshire. More.
School ExclusionsNew web page on school exclusions http://edyourself.org/articles/exclusions.php.
Home Education Fair London September 2015
More 2015 will be the 10th year of the Fair.
More Ofsted Reports July/August 2015More 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 2015Lincolnshire’s home education policy consultation closed July 20th 2015. Link 1 Link 2
Budget 2015Benefit 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 2015The 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 2015The first Ofsted reports published June 22nd after new home education guidance to inspectors Guidance Inspection Reports
Kent Consultation Response June 2015Kent 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 2015Ofsted has just provided inspectors with new advice about home education More
Labour Letter March 2015Letter 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 NoteThe 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 2015The 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 2015Oxfordshire is consulting on a new draft policy and associated paperwork. Read my response here. Deadline March 2nd 2015.
Edyourself BlogI have just begun blogging. Edyourself Blog.
Prime Minister Home Education 2015On 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 2015A 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 2015The fourth revised version of Children Missing Education Guidance (England) was published in January 2015. More
Launch Association EHE ProfessionalsThe new Association of Elective Home Education Professionals (England) is holding a launch on 26th February 2015. More
16+ Child Benefit Survey Results January 2015More
New Safeguarding Guidance, Wales 2015New 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
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
Somerset and Essex Axe EHE Service 2014
Home Education Fairs 2014Saturday September 13th home education fair in London; Saturday October 18th home education fair in Birmingham. More
APPG October 2014The 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
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
Policy Consultation Northern Ireland 2014
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
Council Support for Exams
Council Web Information on Home Education
Council web information about home education (England only)
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 GCSEsWhich GCSE subjects would be most popular if FE colleges started to offer distance learning courses? More
Minister's Letter to Graham Stuart 2013Edward 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 CollegeDfE guidance on funding for home educated 14-16s More (Updated for 2014-15)
New Flexischooling FAQUpdate on flexischooling More
Badman ReviewLooking 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 FAQhttp://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 SENWhere 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 2012Education 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 2012Meeting 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 2012Welsh Assembly Government registration and monitoring consultation opened September 3rd NOW SUPERSEDED; PLANS DROPPED, UPDATED INFORMATION HERE
SEN Green Paper Pathfinder Pilot Responses 20126 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 ProceduresMore
Schools Minister: SEN and Home Education 2011More
Select Committee Difficulty Exam Participation Home Education 2011More
Home Education Funding Report 20112011 More [NOW SUPERSEDED]
May 2011: Government Drops Plan Delay Deregistration2011 Minister 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)
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