I suggests other home educators and home educated children let her know of their doubts
Dear Maire, Bruce and Beth,
Thank you for your email regarding home education. I have spoken with the Deputy Children’s Commissioner, who was actually a member of the review group. She is supportive of the recommendations that the report proposes. She appreciates your concerns and is sure that any visits undertaken by the local authority will be done in accordance with the child’s wishes and her best interests.
If Beth wishes, she can give us her views via the website, where she can also view other children and young peoples’ opinions on a range of issues. http://www.11million.org.uk/
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From: Maire Stafford [mailto:email@example.com] Sent: 16 June 2009 21:40To: REQUEST, InfoSubject: For the attn. of the Children's Commissioner
On behalf of our daughter we wish to alert you to the proposed invasion of her privacy and family home suggested by the Report on Elective Home Education by Graham Badman, and welcomed and agreed to by Secretary of State, Ed Balls.
The element she is most upset by is the suggestion that she should be interviewed by a stranger from the LA without her parents present, and that she should have exhibit what she has learned.
We follow an autonomous educational path with Beth, she was too traumatised by school to undergo any instruction and we have now found this path to be more effective than structured education. However Graham Badman has shown a distinct hostility and lack of understanding of this form of education and his recommendations threaten to make it impossible.
There are many other problems with his report and we have attached a copy of a letter recently sent to Ed Balls which spells them out.
Thank you for giving this your consideration.
Maire, Bruce and Beth Stafford