Home educators today reacted angrily to the news that the DCSF has granted Graham Badman extra time to gather “evidence” for the Select Committee Inquiry into hisreport on Elective Home Education in England, in which he controversially claimed that home educated children are at greater risk of abuse than schooled children. Formal submissions have been requested by […]
By Ali P
Interviewing a school refusing child and her mother on GMTV this morning, Lorraine Kelly told a blatant lie several times over: “It’s the law, you must go to school until you’re 16.” Emphasising the point to the child, she added: “Your mum could be in serious trouble if you don’t go to school.” […]
A review of Teach Yourself Home Education by David R Grant
Deborah Durbin, Hodder Education, 2009
It is excellent to find that the topic of Home Education has now made it on to the list of the well-known ‘Teach Yourself’ series. The personal experiences of the author and those others whose experiences she quotes are very […]
An inquiry by the UK Parliament’s Children, Schools and Families Committee has been announced into the review of elective home education in England which was commissioned by the DCSF and conducted by Graham Badman.
The recommendations outlined in Mr Badman’s report, which include forced home visits and the unsupervised interrogation of young children by local authority […]
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ID cards for babies. Preposterous? Read on.
Scotland’s national home education support organisation Schoolhouse began to research the amount of information which was being gathered about children purely from a self-preservation point of view when it appeared that proposed changes to the education and social work systems might directly threaten fundamental freedoms for home educators.
There once lived a man, a joyful man, in an age of fear and sadness. A man, and nothing more – born of flesh, to return to dust, like all before him, and all who would follow. A man, and nothing less – with heart, and mind; with pulsing blood, and firing nerves: a […]
By Ali P
Carolyne Willow’s opinion piece in the Guardian, in which she criticises the Badman home education proposals as being unhelpful for children, has attracted a wide range of readers’ comments.
While some commentators clearly see his DCSF commissioned report for what it is: a blatant attack civil liberties and children’s rights, a depressing number of […]
By Amy and Elaine
In August 2007, a seventeen month old boy who was to become known to the world as Baby P died after months of appalling cruelty at the hands of his mother, her partner, and their lodger.
As his harrowing story unfolded, with the events leading up to his death being dissected in forensic […]
In January 2009, the UK Government tasked former science teacher Graham Badman to assess whether the current system of “supporting and monitoring home education” in England was effective. His subsequent report was published on 11 June.
Despite being described by the DCSF as “independent”, the published report betrays a disturbing level of partiality, which sugggests its recommendations […]