Kathie McInnes reports on the UK’s Stoke-On-Trent home education statistics.
74 children taught by parents at home
Twelve of the home-educated youngsters are from Pakistani heritage families, which is a disproportionately higher figure for Pakistani pupils than in the general school age population. But the bulk of children taught at home – 45 in all – come from white British backgrounds;
Eleven children have special needs statements, which means they are still subject to an annual review by the local authority to ensure their needs are being met.
The Staffordshire area Sentinel also noted the public school and other government officials’ concern with home education. A councillor on the city’s “Children and Young People’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee” doesn’t seem to understand the gist of education. Instead, she is focused on what knowledge the authorities have, rather than the education the children gain.
“We should have powers to assess the parents. How do we know if that parent is capable of delivering that education? We are failing that child if we haven’t got that knowledge.”
In comments, homeschoolers posted some criticisms of the article and the officials.