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CRAM: the Met helps with home educators’ enquiries

In the wake of revelations that “home educated”, “disability” and “privately fostered” are listed as risk factors by the Metropolitan Police Service in its operational policy known as CRAM (Child Risk Assessment Matrix), alongside “co-sleeping”, “substance abuse” , “sexualised behaviour” and various other alleged indicators, some of our members decided to invite the police to help them […]

By |November 14th, 2010|Civil Liberties, Education, Family, Law|0 Comments

Tweedledum, Tweedledee, the MP and the DfE

Did we all somehow manage to miss the official statement by the DfE that it was to issue new guidelines on elective home education in England? Googling and asking pertinent direct questions produced no results, so it seemed safe to assume that the rumours circulating around the home education community had no basis and were just […]

By |October 13th, 2010|Education, Law, Politics|0 Comments

Our heads do not button up the back!


Call me suspicious, but I am of the view that home educators in England are once again being ‘played’ by politicians and their pets.

On Kelly’s latest blog post, Children missing education and the burden of proof, Graham Stuart MP comments:

I’m hoping new guidance from central government to local authorities might be sufficient to tackle this […]

By |October 1st, 2010|Education, Family, Law, Politics|17 Comments

Children of a New Society: The shared and boundless curriculum of a Home Education

By Spartacus

Home educating facilitators often speak of the world being a classroom and indeed, it is fascinating how ordinary people respond to meeting Home Educated children. People suddenly realise that they have something to contribute and they want to. Home educated children with a zest for learning inspire relatives, visitors to the home, shopkeepers and […]

By |September 26th, 2010|Education, Family|0 Comments

Home education: is anyone else thinking about toothbrushes?

By Spartacus

The concept of a God, the desire for standards and the need for education all have one thing in common:-


Most people think that standards are a Good Idea but standards are like toothbrushes, everyone wants their own and does not want to use someone else’s. Someone else’s God, Standards or Toothbrushes. Many […]

By |September 26th, 2010|Education|0 Comments

Lies and deceit infect the Met? Or were the CRAM creators conned?

A member of our community forums has brought to our attention a policy known as CRAM (Child Assessment Risk Matrix) which was developed by the Metropolitan Police Service in the wake of the Baby P case. Naturally, they were aided and abetted in their efforts to predict the essentially unpredictable by the usual suspects, including […]

By |September 19th, 2010|Civil Liberties, Education, Law, Politics|5 Comments

It isn’t rocket science, or is it?

By Elaine
From a report in the Evening Standard:  Poverty report targets early years (quoting ‘poverty tsar’ Frank Field MP).

Government action to tackle poverty should focus on supporting children during the first five years of their lives, the Labour MP commissioned by David Cameron to carry out a review of the issue said.

But Frank, parents are […]

By |September 17th, 2010|Civil Liberties|4 Comments

Defence of Civil Liberties, Democracy and the Value of Families in Society

By Spartacus

Lincolnshire County Council recently decided to take no further action to prevent a father allowing his seven-year-old daughter to walk alone to a bus stop, leading to this BBC discussion of the “responsibilities of the parents and the state”.

The Today programme went on to pose the question: “Who should be in charge of children […]

By |September 17th, 2010|Civil Liberties|0 Comments

We could not send her to school now even if we wanted to!

By Spartacus


For those people that are wondering whether to Home Educate or not, here is a glimpse of how it is working for us. Our experience of Home Education is beyond expectation or our dreams. We have become Home Education evangelists. We have decided to expose this, not to be boastful, but just to […]

By |September 8th, 2010|Education|2 Comments

Scotland supports home education

Scotland’s national home education organisation Schoolhouse has reported on the Scottish Government’s renewed commitment to upholding  freedom in education in a response by Scottish education secretary Michael Russell MSP to parliamentary questions from Green MSP Robin Harper. Read the Schoolhouse press release in full.

By way of background, Robin Harper is the Scottish Green Party’s speaker on […]

By |September 8th, 2010|Education, Politics|0 Comments