Thursday, 7 May 2009

Parents' Declaration

School or Home Education? At the moment it is your choice as the parent. Please help to keep it that way by signing this declaration.


WE DECLARE our independent status and affirm our responsibility for the upbringing and education of our children in accordance with our lawful rights and natural justice.

WE ASSERT our right to choose the place, form and content of the educational provision for our children in accordance with the following:

The parent of every child of compulsory school age shall cause him to receive efficient full-time education suitable—(a)to his age, ability and aptitude, and(b)to any special educational needs he may have,either by regular attendance at school or otherwise.

(Section 7 of the Education Act 1996)In the exercise of any functions which it assumes in relation to education and to teaching, the State shall respect the right of parents to ensure such education and teaching in conformity with their own religious and philosophical convictions.(Protocol 2 Article 1 of the European Convention of Human Rights)

WE WILL protect the rights of our children to own their own lives, to privacy and freedom from undue official interference in accordance with the following rights: The right to respect for a private and family life, home and correspondence(Human Rights Act 1998)The right to be free from “arbitrary or unlawful interference with [their] privacy, family, home or correspondence” and from “unlawful attacks on [their] honour and reputation”(Article 16 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child)

WE DEMAND that state officials remain within the bounds of the powers already conferred upon them under current law in their dealings with us, the people.

WE WILL UPHOLD AND DEFEND the above principles without fear or favour where the state forgets its legitimate function, oversteps its bounds or seeks to exert undue influence or power over our lives and those of our children against our traditional freedoms and natural justice.

May 1st 2009

In order to sign up to the Parents Declaration you need to create an account, it's very easy. On the top right hand corner is a link to create an account. It does not result in any mail unless you wish it to.

It might not work straight away as accounts have to be manually approved. So if you've had no success, do please try again.

It's done this way to make sure signatures are legitimate and to stop abuse of the comments box, because we want this declaration to be taken seriously.

If you wish to be involved in protecting Home Education please join AHED at

Or If you wish me to sign for you just pop a note in the comment box.


Lynn said...

Hi Marie,

I created an account on the page but have not been able to comment!!Have spent some time trying to understand why,with no luck.
Would you be able to sign for Me?

Lynn Bamber

Lynn said...

Hi again Maire,
were you able to sign for me?
Lynn xx

Maire said...

Been really dumb about this and only just understood your comment, it is done!

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