Well now that the draft details of the new legislation has been published, I should imagine that most home educators, even the autonomous ones, will be breathing a sigh of relief! It will not as widely feared, be a criminal offence to fail to register for home education. The local authority will not even be visiting homes routinely, at least not as long as these parents have the sense that the Lord gave to a goat, anyway. Section 3 d of the new regulations says that the local authority will be;
"visiting, at least once in the registration period, the place (or
at least one of the places) where education is provided to the
What could be better? All that a parent who is determined to avoid having local authority officers in her home needs to do is say that the bulk of the education is taking place in the local library. All that will be necessary is meeting somebody in the library. It is a perfect face saving clause for both sides and must have surely been inserted for that very reason. I shall be making a fuller post later, but in the meantime, it is to be hoped that home educating parents will be content with this hugely watered down version of the Badman recommendations. Seeing children alone is also out if either parent or child object. Another needless anxiety removed.