I have been informed by InterHigh that
they continue to routinely pass families private information to Local
Authorities, regardless of their acceptance that home education does
not constitute a safeguarding concern. Their statement says:
“we will proactively contact Local Authorities
during the registration of a new pupil to ensure the safety of
pupils” and we “will ensure that the Local Authority is aware that
a pupil is being home educated.”
The InterHigh statement then goes on to say
"we know that there is no correlation
between home education and safeguarding risk."
Any family considering using InterHigh services
should consider the implications of this statement very carefully.
Local Government Ombudsman ruled that councils must be clear
with parents of home educated children whether a home visit
is routine or triggered by concerns following Leicester City's
attempt to initiate actions based on anticipating, future government
proposals currently being considered.
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 might
You could ask to put this up on your Library for example.
Download a poster today, print it, pin it somewhere.
Help a child learn freely
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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
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"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 emergence."
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' education is.
While 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 be imposed.