The state, quite frankly, has no business telling parents how long they can wait before they take their children out of school to home educate them, regardless of the reason the parent wants to remove the child.
If it is due to bullying, the parent doesn't get a whiff of bullying and then say "right, I'm getting you out of there Johnny!". It's usually after quite a long time of trying to work with the school and sort the problem out. The solution of removing the child from school to teach them at home is usually made when all else fails and it is clear that the school cannot or will not deal with the problem, and the child is under so much stress that there is no hope of them learning anything at school under those conditions.
To make a child endure another three weeks of that nonsense, when the parents have probably tried for at least a year to sort things out, is arrogant.
Because we know that in law it's the parents responsibility to educate their child, then what place does the state have in telling parents what they should do, when the school had it's chance and blew it?
Another worrying recommendation, is that the school write a report on the expected outcomes of the child who is to be home educated. WHAT A LOAD OF ........ Well, it's hardly the place to swear, but that recommendation REALLY winds me up.
My son's final report before he left reception said that he could read. He couldn't. If they had put on their expected outcome report that they expected him to be a free reader after a year, I would have failed to ensure my child reached their expectation and the LA might say, well, you're clearly not doing a good job, here, have this Statutory School Order on us.
To give a realistic educational expectation on a child who has learned nothing in school, will only serve to highlight the inadequacies of the school, therefore, the school is bound to inflate what the child would be expected to achieve, making it impossible for home educators.
So, whilst it's still easy to home educate in this country now, I have given two of the less spoken about recommendations in the review that could seriously impair our ability to home educate in this country if they go through.