It is no secret that I have many dealings with social workers and teachers. Indeed, such people comprise almost the whole of my family and social circle; an alarming admission! Yesterday evening, I was talking to somebody who works for an inner London local authority. This person felt that her department had been handed a veritable gift from the gods, as far as trying to campaign for the registration of home educated children was concerned.
I dare say that most readers will have seen about the case of the three women who were apparently held at the house in south London:
One of these women was thirty years of age and had never been to school. In other words, she had been born and then vanished entirely from sight, with nobody asking about her education or indeed anything else. She spent her entire life in this situation, from birth onwards. This is thought by some to be something of a knockdown argument in favour of at least registering children and then looking at what provision has been made for their education. It will be interesting to see what comes of this. Coming so quickly after Ofsted's report on children missing from education, it is seemingly already causing some people to rub their hands together.