Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Funding college places for home educated children

Graham Stuart and Nick Gibb do a double act and reveal that local authorities can allow home educated children to attend college and then claim the cost back from central government:


http://www.theyworkforyou.com/wrans/?id=2011-07-18a.66262.h&s=home+education#g66262.r0

14 comments:

  1. Thanks for posting about this. I don't think it'll do any good, of course, because as long as Councils can choose to provide services, chances are they won't.

    Daft, really, because if they wanted to sneak inspection in by the back door all they'd have to do was to link exam funding and access to visits during the GCSE courses to check they were reaching the required level before they paid up.

    There again, maybe I shouldn't go putting ideas into peoples heads... (but I still bet I'm not the only one who's thought of it.)

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  2. 'because if they wanted to sneak inspection in by the back door all they'd have to do was to link exam funding and access to visits during the GCSE courses to check they were reaching the required level before they paid up.'

    I have an idea that this already happens in some areas, where being able to take GCSEs at maintained schools is contigent upon being registered for a year or two with the local authority. Since all this is within the gift of the local authority, they can really write their own rules.

    Simon.

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  3. I agree (again!), Simon. Isn't it odd how more of them haven't thought of something that simple? I can't work out if it's bureaucratic mindset or a case of deliberately not doing anything that might encourage anyone not to work within the system. You do more bureaucracy than me, so I'd be interested in your view on that.

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  4. Simon wrote... I have an idea that this already happens in some areas, where being able to take GCSEs at maintained schools is contigent upon being registered for a year or two with the local authority. Since all this is within the gift of the local authority, they can really write their own rules.

    This is correct Simon. In Somerset they are happy to pay for exams, and even whole courses, but you need to have been registered a couple of years before GCSEs start, so at least by the age of 12.

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  5. Which confirms what everyone has said all along. That funding would always come with strings attached, and justifiably so since it's taxpayers money.

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