Portsmouth Judicial Review

On November 16th the outcome of Christina Goodred v Portsmouth City Council and the Secretary of State for Education was published. I have blogged about it here

Exam Arrangements 2022

Information was published on November 11th 2021 about exams going ahead in Summer 2022 + contingency arrangements for Teacher Assessed Grades for private candidates if exams have to be cancelled due to covid. Read more here

Education Committee Report, Government Response

On November 4th 2021 the government provided its response to the Education Committee report on home education, confirming that it still intended to outline next steps for registration of children not in school some time soon. Read more here

New Case Law EOTAS Special Needs, October 2021

I won this case at the Upper Tribunal. It deals with LAs not naming a school in the EHCP where the provision will be EOTAS [Education Otherwise Than At School]

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.

Wales Abandons Proposed Changes

On 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 Results

On 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 Consultation

On 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 Consultation

On February 14th 2020 the Department for Education launched a consultation on changes to the regulation of full time independent education institutions. More details here.

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

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

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

The Department for Education has asked former Children's Minister Ed Timpson to look at school exclusions. Read my response to the call for evidence 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.

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.

Publication New Home Education Guidance Wales

New home education guidance for Wales was published on January 9th 2017. Political analysis here + line by line commentary here.

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.

Illegal Schools

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)

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

March 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

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" 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

February 2016 More

Ofsted Criticises Alternative Provision Safeguarding


NSPCC Update

Roundtable discussion home education and safeguarding with the NSPCC More Amended NSPCC web page 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

Improving information in identifying children missing education More (ENGLAND ONLY)

FAQ New Rules for Out of School Settings

January 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 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. UPDATE JANUARY 2016

School Exclusions

New web page on school exclusions

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

AEHEP EHE Support Groups Meeting April 2015

The Association for Elective Home Education Professionals (AEHEP) has met with home education representatives in April 2015.

New Ofsted Guidance April 2015

Ofsted has issued inspectors with new advice about home education More

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 in February 2015. Notes 1 Notes 2 Notes 3

Edyourself Blog

I have just begun blogging. Edyourself Blog.

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


DfE Letters to LAs

DfE correspondence to Local Authorities, FOIs. More

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 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

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

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)

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 college 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

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

APPG Meeting SEN + Disability 2012

All Party Parliamentary Group Meeting November 2012 to discuss changes to funding and assessment for Special Educational Needs and Disability More

Select Committee Inquiry Support Home Education 2012

More (September 2012) More

Exams: FAQ


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

All Party Parliamentary Group 2011 Exams


Select Committee Difficulty Exam Participation Home Education 2011


EO campaign site news archive 2007-2010


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