A wide range of viewpoint concerning homeschooling is evident in this variety of reports from the U. K.
Going to school ‘not compulsory,’ 8 May 2007, BBC News
The department has been discussing the issue with several groups representing home educators and with local authorities.
It is the legal right of parents to educate their children at home if they so wish and the Department for Education and Skills supports the right of parents to make this choice for their children
It has dropped plans for compulsory registration of home-educated children.
Instead it is proposing to issue guidelines for the first time, which point out that it is fundamental to the English system that the responsibility for educating children rests on the parents.
Other BBC reports on home education:
23 February 2007: Home learning numbers uncertain
18 March 2005: Growth market in home education
29 July 2004: Home teaching ‘needs more checks’
31 March 2004: Child plans worry home educators
2 March 2004: Home education child abuse fears
6 February 2002: Not missing but learning at home
5 February 2002: The 10,000 ‘missing’ pupils
3 May 2000: Pupils ‘missing’ from school system
New Guidelines For Home Schooling, 10 May 2007, Raising Kids, London, England
The new guidelines explain to parents that while they are under no compulsion to send their children to school, they are responsible for ensuring that have an education. The guidelines also state that parents should be actively involved in providing the education leaving children to browse through books or worksheets is not enough to meet their responsibility.
Currently parents who educate their children at home are subject to almost no regulations. Council workers aren’t permitted to enter homes to check on home schooled children and parents are under no obligation to teach the national curriculum.
Further information from this site: Ask Our Experts: Legal Home Education Rights
Educators fear for standards of home schooling, 10 May 2007, Guardian Unlimited
Tony Mooney, a former head who now inspects home educators for two local authorities, said the government’s approach was “absolutely disgraceful”. He was seeing numbers on his books rise significantly. “I have seen some good home teaching, parents bringing in tutors as well, up to the age of 13-14.
“But even the most assiduous of parents cannot deliver seven or eight subjects entered for GCSE. They get in particular trouble with mathematics, science and languages. Well-off parents will get in tutors, but that is only about 10% of people I see at most.
“The great majority are on working-class estates where parents have not been able to get their kids to school because they have been bullied or are school phobics. They have twigged it is easier. The bar is so much lower with home education and they can keep the local authority off their backs in terms of being taken to court for [children’s] non-attendance at school.”
New rules to cover rise in home schooling , 12 May 2007, The Daily Telegraph, London, England
The guidance says that education must be suitable for a child’s age, ability and any special needs. Resources and materials should be provided. In a further development, adults must play an active role in children’s education, rather than leaving them to complete work-sheets all day.
The guidance says that councils should intervene if they have concerns over standards of education. They can then ask parents to submit projects, assessment, books and field trip diaries to satisfy local authority inspectors.
Parents failing to meet official requirements may be taken to court and issued with a school attendance order – forcing children to attend a state school.
The draft proposals, which are out to consultation until the end of July, have been broadly welcomed by home education groups, who hailed the decision not to make registration compulsory.
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