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Deregister or be damned

A Herefordshire parent with many years of experience home educating her older children is being prosecuted for taking her nine year old daughter on a backpacking ‘holiday of a lifetime’ during term time. Ironically, had she exercised her parental right to deregister (under which circumstances, in England, the school would have been legally required to remove […]

By |June 1st, 2015|Education, Family|2 Comments

Getting It Right for the State

The UK Column News, broadcast on 29 May 2015, is a must watch for home educators and others who are concerned about citizen wellbeing (or, more accurately, wellbehaving) outcomes, as dictated by the state and a gang of unelected ‘leaders’.

Home educators will note in particular the plans for compulsory registration contained in Labour’s pre-election policy proposals (08.30), but the point […]

By |May 29th, 2015|Civil Liberties, Politics|0 Comments

The GIRFEC Files

As  most of our readers will be aware, home educators have been at the forefront of the campaign against GIRFEC surveillance and the imposition of a Named Person on every child in Scotland. The online petition set up by the Scottish home education charity Schoolhouse to raise public awareness has attracted over 6600 signatures and some incisive accompanying comments from […]

By |May 24th, 2015|Articles, Family, Law, Politics|0 Comments

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.

Forty-four 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 a popular form of light entertainment.

‘Benefits Street’ […]

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|Enterprise|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, Family, Politics|1 Comment

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

The lie at the heart of the education system

By Archie Lacey

As someone who was a teacher for over three decades I was always struck by the essential deception that exists throughout all levels of education. It is a deception that people inflict upon themselves and collectively. It is not even recognised as a deception. There is no awareness of those involved in the […]

By |August 21st, 2014|Articles, Education|0 Comments

That hideous strength

By Archie Lacey

There are a number of flaws to granting people permission to make observations and judgements on others as a matter of course. These are: subjectivity, bias, prejudice, narrowed perception, assumption of deficit and acceptance of received benchmarks of behaviour and rights.

All of these are, very often, aspects of the observer’s mindset that the […]

By |July 1st, 2014|Articles, Education, Family|0 Comments