Exam Arrangements 2021
On February 25th 2021 the Department for Education confirmed arrangements for exam grades in Summer 2021 stating "There will be a clear and accessible route for private candidates to work with a centre to receive a grade this year, at the same time as other candidates. Exam boards will provide centres with clear guidance on the evidence they can use to assess a private candidate. A list of available centres will be published shortly and, we are working with the sector to ensure there are sufficient centres available and at a similar cost to a normal year." It can be seen that this depends entirely on the exam centre going the extra mile.
At the same time, Ofqual began a further short-run technical consultation on the precise implementation of the new policy proposals, which closes on March 11th 2021. A summary of the main points for private candidates can be found on my exams page
Arrangements for Functional Skills here.
Wales Abandons Proposed ChangesOn June 22nd 2020 the Welsh Government published a statement saying that "it will not now be possible to complete the planned work on the home education statutory guidance and database regulations within this Government term." Read more here
Ofqual Consultation ResultsOn May 5th 2020 Ofqual published a statement following the recent consultation on arrangements for exam grading during covid 19. The statement includes information for private candidates, notably " No workable possibilities were advanced by respondents to the consultation and we have decided that private candidates can be included only through centres.". Read more on my exams page
Ofqual ConsultationOn April 15th 2020 Ofqual launched a very SHORT consultation (CLOSING APRIL 29TH) on grading exams during covid 19. The consultation discusses the impact for private candidates. Please respond to the consultation if this affects your family and be sure to use the online response form. More details here.
Regulating Education Institutions ConsultationOn February 14th 2020 the Department for Education launched a consultation on changes to the regulation of full time independent education institutions. NB the consultation was set to close on May 8th but was suspended due to covid late on May 7th. More details here.
Wales Database Consultation January 2020At the end of January 2020 the Welsh Government launched a consultation on draft regulations for a children's database. The consultation runs till April 22nd. More details here.
Update Wales December 2019
On December 11th 2019 the Minister published a statement saying there would be a consultation on draft database regulations in the new year with the aim of publishing final new home education guidance plus final database regulations in Autumn 2020. Read more here
Ofsted Small Scale Research October 2019
Ofsted has carried out small scale exploratory research with 7 local authorities in the East Midlands looking into moves to home education from secondary school. Read more here. See also House of Commons Library Briefing on Offrolling October 28th 2019.
Wales Consultation Events October 2019
Consultation events in October 2019 for the new "statutory" guidance, Cardiff, Llandudno, and Swansea. Read more here
London Fair October 2019London home education fair October 6th 2019. LINK
Second Successful Prosecution Illegal School
In September 2019 the proprietors of Ambassadors High School in Streatham were convicted of running an illegal school. Read more here
Consultation New Guidance Wales Launched
The Welsh Government is consulting on new home education guidance for local authorities, ends October 21st 2019. Read more here
Consultation New Guidance Wales July 2019
Consultation on new draft statutory guidance + handbook for home educators in Wales will apparently commence on July 29th 2019 and run for 12 weeks. Read more here
House of Commons Library Briefing Home Education July 2019
On July 24th 2019 the House of Commons published a library briefing on home education, covering the current position, new guidance, latest consultation, past proposals, Lord Soley's bill, also statistics and numbers. Read more here
Timpson Review School Exclusions May 2019
On May 7th 2019 the Department for Education published Edward Timpson's Review into School Exclusions, together with the formal government response to the review, and a new call for evidence leading to possible changes in law and guidance. Read more here
Offrolling, April/May 2019
The House of Commons Library published a briefing on offrolling in April 2019 after the new home education guidance and registration consultation proposals but before the Timpson Review. Ofsted published an offrolling report in May 2019 plus an Ofsted blogpost about offrolling on May 10th.
Consultation Registration Proposals April 2019
On April 2nd 2019 the Department for Education launched a new consultation on proposals to establish a local authority registration system for children who do not attend state-funded or registered independent schools. Read more here
Government Response 2018 Consultation/Call for Evidence
On April 2nd 2019 the Department for Education published its response to the 2018 home education consultation/call for evidence, including "next steps". Read more here
I am speaking at several conferences Spring/Summer 2019. Read more here
New Home Education Guidance April 2019
On April 2nd 2019 the Department for Education published new non-statutory guidance for local authorities. Read more here
Consultation Safeguarding Code Practice Out of School Settings
December 2nd 2018: consultation opens on draft voluntary safeguarding code of practice for out of school settings, closes February 24th 2019. Read more here
First Successful Prosecution Illegal School
On October 24th 2018 the proprietors of the Al-Istiqamah Learning Centre in Ealing were convicted of running an illegal school. Read more here
School Exclusions Review Call for Evidence
Talks/Conferences May 2018
I will be giving a talk in Portsmouth on Saturday May 12th and speaking at the Learn Free Conference in Coventry on Saturday May 19th. Read more here.
Government Response Out of School Settings Call For Evidence
April 10th 2018: The Department for Education has published its response to the 2015 call for evidence on out of school settings (possible light touch registration for settings providing 6+ hours education per week) Read more here.
Consultation Launched New Home Education Guidance
April 10th 2018: The Department for Education has published revised draft home education guidance for consultation, together with a "call for evidence" on other possible changes. The deadline for responding is July 2nd 2018. Read more here.
New Ofsted Inspection System Children's Services
Ofsted new framework for the Inspection of Local Authority Children’s Services [ILACS] will begin in 2018. Each year, Ofsted will ask local authorities to share a self-evaluation of social work practice and meet with Ofsted regional representatives to discuss data, plus there will be standard and short inspections. Read more here and here. http://edyourself.org/articles/socialservices.php#ofstednew2018
New Home Education Guidelines England
The Government is to put forward new home education Guidelines for consultation (England only) Read more here (including how it ties in with Lord Soley's Home Education Bill)
Welsh Safeguarding Board Report
The Welsh Safeguarding Board has published a report on home education. Click here.
Isle of Man Home Education Legal Changes
The Isle of Man is running a consultation on what should be included in a future Education Bill. Home education is mentioned Read more here.
Home Education Bill
February 2017 Newsletter
Quarterly email newsletter went out in mid February, covering new guidance Wales, Platt vs Isle of Wight, House of Commons Library Briefing, Wood Review, Children Out of School, ALN Wales, Ofsted Home Education Reports, Inadequate LAs, Local Government Ombudsman Roundup, New Pupil Registration Regulations and CME. Subscribe here.
Publication New Home Education Guidance Wales
Power to Test Different Ways of Working
The Government wanted to allow local authorities to opt out of children’s social care legislation. Read more here and here about what is involved. UPDATE APRIL 2017, the Bill passed into law WITHOUT these changes.
News From Wales
The Welsh Government said in mid-November 2016 that the new home education guidance initially announced in 2014 will be published shortly. The Government also voted NOT to support a recommendation for compulsory registration. Read more here Wales page.
Intervention in Inadequate LAs
New blog post on what is happening in LAs rated inadequate by Ofsted, how close they are to being taken over etc. Read more here.
Revised and updated information on illegal schools More.
Revised Statutory CME Guidance September 2016
Revised guidance has been published on Children Missing Education to take account of changes to the Pupil Registration Regulations. More.
Supreme Court Named Person (Scotland) 2017
Following the Supreme Court ruling at the end of July 2016, the Scottish Government was unable to implement the Named Person measures and on September 8th said it would take a further year More.
Increased Tracking Children Coming Out Of School
The Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006 will be amended from September 1st 2016 More
Child Practice Review Dylan Seabridge
On July 8th Pembrokeshire Council published a Concise Child Practice Review into the death of Dylan Seabridge. More + summary update for Wales here (home education guidance, changes to additional learning needs, regulating out of school settings)
Ofsted Wants More Action On Safeguarding
Sir Michael Wilshaw asks the Government to finish reforms tracking children coming out of school and also to “support” Ofsted in additional monitoring of local councils where children are at risk of extremism and radicalisation. More
New Statistics Special Needs Educated Outside School
The Department for Education recently published new statistics on statements and Education Health and Care Plans in England. I have put together a briefing page about statistics for children educated outside school More (explanation here) See also https://edyourself.wordpress.com/2016/08/17/finding-special-educational-needs-data/
The Not-Yet Ofstedded Effect
June 2016 I've put together a list of LAs not yet nspected for safeguarding by Ofsted, or graded inadequate/requires improvement. My interpretation is that these LAs are behaving defensively.
Wood Review Mentions Home Education
May 2016 Paragraphs 102 to 105 of the Wood review make reference to home education, as well as to “unregistered school settings.”More
Sir Michael Wilshaw Letters Refer to Home Education
Home Education Festivals and Conferences 2016
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
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 2016March 2016 All Party Parliamentary Group for Home Education meeting about special educational needs with Stuart Miller, Deputy Director SEN at DfE. 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 ..." More
"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 EducationFebruary 2016 More
Ofsted Criticises Alternative Provision SafeguardingMore
NSPCC UpdateRoundtable discussion home education and safeguarding with the NSPCC More Amended NSPCC web page More
Dylan SeabridgeWhat has been happening about the Dylan Seabridge case? More Call for independent review discussed in Welsh Assembly
Changes to Pupil Registration RegulationsImproving information in identifying children missing education More (ENGLAND ONLY)
FAQ New Rules for Out of School SettingsJanuary 2016 FAQ out of school settings My Consultation Response Debate in Parliament January 2016 More
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 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. 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 DelayedOctober 2015 Welsh Government announced delay in publication of new non-statutory Elective Home Education Guidance. 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 Link. 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). All linked from this page
Lincolnshire Policy Consultation 2015Lincolnshire’s home education policy consultation closed July 2015. Link 1 Link 2
Budget 2015Benefit changes that could affect home educators More
Consultation Home Education Guidance Wales July 2015Draft guidance consultation CONSULTATION CLOSED July 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 consulting on new elective home education policy My Consultation Response Background (Closed June 2015)
AEHEP EHE Support Groups Meeting April 2015
The Association for Elective Home Education Professionals (AEHEP) has met with home education representatives in April 2015. https://edyourself.wordpress.com/tag/aehep/
New Ofsted Guidance April 2015Ofsted has issued inspectors with new advice about home education More
Labour Letter March 2015Letter from Tristram Hunt, then Shadow Secretary of State for Education, March 2015: "no intention to change the existing regulations on home education ..." More
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 More More 2
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 in February 2015. Notes 1 Notes 2 Notes 3
Oxfordshire Consultation Response March 2015Oxfordshire is consulting on a new draft policy and associated paperwork. Read my response here. Deadline March 2015.
Edyourself BlogI have just begun blogging. Edyourself Blog.
Prime Minister Home Education 2015Home educators met with the Prime Minister David Cameron in January 2015, 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 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 2014More
APPG October 2014All Party Parliamentary Group looks at 14-19 education. More
New SEN Code Practice
SEN Code of Practice approved by parliament July 2014 More ENGLAND ONLY
Universal Credit Sanctions
Will claimants who are sanctioned also stop getting money for rent? More
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 UPDATE MAY 2016 STILL DELAYED
Children and Families Act 2014
The Children and Families Act is now law, with a new system for SEN and disability.
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 college 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
APPG Meeting SEN + Disability 2012All Party Parliamentary Group Meeting November 2012 to discuss changes to funding and assessment for Special Educational Needs and Disability 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)