WHAT’S BEEN GOING ON

Children’s Commissioner – Wales

The Children’s Commissioner will review the Welsh Government’s decision to put the HE guidance and database proposals on hold (you may already be aware of this as it was broadcasted on the BBC). The HE Byte’s recent column has an excellent summary on this.

We would kindly suggest that Home Educating families have a good think about whether the CC is working for and protecting your children’s rights (including the right to be home educated) and if you disagree then write to the CC. If you would like some help or guidance in this matter then please do not hesitate to contact us.

Any concerns or comments may be raised directly with the Children’s Commissioner’s here.

New inquiry – England

Westminster has launched a new inquiry on Home Education and we strongly recommend that you read The HE Byte’s article issued yesterday. The inquiry relates to:

1. the duties of local authorities with regards to home education, including safeguarding and assuring the quality of home education;
2. whether a statutory register of home-educated children is required;
3. the benefits children gain from home education, and the potential disadvantages they may face;
4. the quality and accessibility of support (including financial support) available for home educators and their children, including those with special educational needs, disabilities, mental health issues, or caring responsibilities, and those making the transition to further and higher education;
5. whether the current regulatory framework is sufficient to ensure that the wellbeing and academic achievement of home educated children is safeguarded, including where they may attend unregistered schools, have been formally excluded from school, or have been subject to ‘off-rolling’;
6. the role that inspection should play in future regulation of home education;
7. what improvements have been made to support home educators since the 2010-15 Education Committee published their report on ‘Support for Home Education’ in 2012;
8. the impact COVID-19 has had on home educated children, and
9. what additional measures might need to be taken in order to mitigate any negative impacts.

Whilst the inquiry relates to England only, any measures taken by Number 10 or Westminster can have repercussions in Wales, so it would be great if you could express your views. Any submissions would have to be made by 6 November 2020 here.

Results of Database Consultation – Wales

We have written to Education Minister Kirsty William requesting an update on the publication of the results of the database consultation. We hope to receive her reply soon and will update this site accordingly.

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