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The Benefits Bonanza, 1971-2015

Here is a snapshot of an an old Sunday Post article, dated 26/12/71, when Ted Heath was Conservative Prime Minister.

44 years on, plus ça change…

In the early part of the 21st century, reality shows and ‘documentaries’ about life on benefits in some of the poorest areas of Britain have become popular light entertainment.

‘Benefits […]

By |May 17th, 2015|Politics|0 Comments

We’re the (Home Ed) Biz!

Our members and visitors may like to know that a long overdue upgrade of this website is currently underway. We are planning a re-launch in the near future, so please watch this space for further details! Progress has been painfully slow due to a combination of trials and tribulations on other fronts, but the project is now nearing […]

By |May 17th, 2015|Business|0 Comments

Human husbandry

By Neil Taylor

“Why does the wolf don sheep’s clothing?  So he can devour them at his leisure. Appearances are deceptive.  Relying on superficial optics is hazardous to health.” (Daily Kos)

I have been quite fond, if that is an appropriate adjective, of quoting the late film maker Aaron Russo in the youtube video of him talking to […]

By |March 11th, 2015|Articles, Civil Liberties, Politics|0 Comments

Judicial Review and NO2NP campaign in Scotland

Schoolhouse has posted an informative update on our forums on the progress of the campaign opposing GIRFEC surveillance and the imposition of a state appointed Named Person for every child in Scotland.

The Judicial Review, spearheaded by the Christian Institute, is set to commence later this month in the Court of Session in Edinburgh, while NO2NP roadshows […]

By |November 6th, 2014|Civil Liberties, Family, Law, Politics|0 Comments

Child benefit, tax credits, EMA and home education

Tax credits and Child Benefit are UK wide benefits which can be claimed by home educating families as long as their children are continuing in elective home education. The Education Maintenance Allowance, on the other hand, is only available to home educated children in Scotland who meet the eligibility criteria.

The topic of tax credits and child benefit […]

By |November 3rd, 2014|Articles, Family, Law|0 Comments

Anti-GIRFEC petition approaches 2500 signatures

A petition created by Scotland’s national home education charity Schoolhouse, in order to raise awareness of the dangerous provisions within the Children and Young People Bill which is currently making its way through the Scottish Parliament, is rapidly approaching 2500 signatures.


At last, the general public appears to be waking up to the fact that GIRFEC […]

By |January 25th, 2014|Civil Liberties, Education, Law, Politics|0 Comments

France threatens to ban home education

Home educators and supporters in France have sounded an international alert regarding a proposed Bill which seeks to restrict home-based provision of compulsory education to cases of incapacity and disability, effectively outlawing elective home education.


The Bill was registered in the Presidency of the Senate on 18th December 2013 and presented by MM. Hugues PORTELLI, Christian […]

By |January 25th, 2014|Civil Liberties, Education, International, Law, Politics|0 Comments

Parents to be legislated out of their children’s lives


With new Bills about to be introduced in both Wales and Scotland which will have the effect, if enacted, of legislating parents out of their children’s lives, these are very worrying times for all families.


Such a profound shift of responsibility for the education and welfare of children from parents to the state is one that evokes sinister […]

By |September 28th, 2012|Civil Liberties, Education|0 Comments

Enter the Dragon! New group challenges Welsh Ass Govt proposals

A dedicated new action group has been set up to co-ordinate responses to legislative proposals by the Welsh Ass Government, which, if enacted, would effectively usurp parents’ responsibility for education by imposing a regulatory regime on a long established and protected parental function in breach of the ECHR.


Rhuad y Ddraig (Roar of the Dragon) is an […]

By |August 28th, 2012|Civil Liberties, Education|0 Comments

Supporting children and families? Aye, that’ll be right!

Under the dubious headline of Supporting children and families, Scottish Minister for Children and Young People, Aileen Campbell, has dutifully launched a consultation on the Scottish Government’s forthcoming Children and Young People Bill. She’s from the government and is here to help, don’t you know?


This latest consultation (con- being the operative prefix) runs until 25th September and our forum […]

By |July 15th, 2012|Civil Liberties, Education|0 Comments