The Government has always been clear that parents should retain the right to educate their children at home. Most home educators do an excellent job but we can’t afford to let any child slip through the net – in terms of their education, or safety.
The recommendations set out by Badman are proportionate and reasonable. Most developed countries require registration to home educate, with the majority also having a process of systematic monitoring. It is only right we afford our own children and young people the same checks and balances.
The report found significant flaws in the current arrangements for ensuring that home educated children are receiving their educational entitlement and recommended strengthening the system. It also presented a persuasive case for providing home educators with greater support, particular those whose children have special educational needs.
The Government’s response to the Badman Report was published on 9 October and can be found on the Every Child Matters website (www.everychildmatters.gov.uk). It sets out our strong commitment to supporting home educators, particularly those whose children have special educational needs and those who wish to have greater access to examination centres, courses at further education colleges, and a range of local services and activities. Our proposals on a system of registration and monitoring of home education have been out for consultation and closed on 19 October. We will take into account the responses to the consultation and any report arising from the Select Committee Inquiry into the review of home education when deciding how to proceed.
Home education is a well-established and important part of our education system. The Government is committed to support its continuation as a choice for parents.