ombudsman ruled that councils must be clear with
parents of home educated children whether home visits are routine
or triggered by concerns following Leicester City's attempt to initiate
actions based on anticipating, future government proposals currently
"The respect of parent's freedom to educate their
children according to their vision of what education should be has
been part of international human rights standards since their very
Special Rapporteur to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights
8th April 1999)
Parents are responsible for the education of their
offspring regardless of whether they are in school or out of it.
In law the right to an education is an obligatory right, it may neither
be denied to, nor refused by, a child.
Thus since children may not refuse education and there
is no academic consensus on what constitutes an effective education,
we believe that the state must be flexible in defining what a 'suitable'
Even though the law expresses the right to home educate
as a parental right, it is my belief that, in the same way that young
people have the right to decide upon medical procedures, a specific
education should not be imposed upon them. This is not only right
in principle but in practice, since intrinsically motivated learning
will most readily "achieve that which it sets out to achieve".
Learning cannot happen against a person's wishes.
EHP publishes books and kindles on many topics related
to home education and learning systems that are alternative or complimentary
to state schooling. Including books on how and why home educators
A great introduction to alternative
EHP books are available as Kindles, at low prices and you don't
need a kindle to read them, there are app's for all brands of smart
phone and tablet. Build your own library of 'read anywhere
Many parents remain unaware that home education
is legal, or if they are aware, where to find support.
This poster could be put up anywhere parents and children
You could ask to put this up
on your Library for example. Download the poster today, print
it, post it somewhere and help a child learn freely