Right I have done it and it is gone, only 2,378 more tasks to go! I await a response from Leicestershire County Council with curiosity.
30 June 2010
Dear Helen Sadler
Thank you for your letter enquiring about Beth’s education.
After 33 years of childrearing, with two children successfully launched into the adult world I am not about to abandon my fourth and very much wanted child, so I can assure you I am very happy with the way her home education is progressing.
I am however surprised at your problem with accommodating my choice not to have a visit as I was unaware that not doing so was in your gift.
See Home Education Guidelines for Local authorities
3.6. ‘... parents are not legally required to give the local authority access to their home.’
2.7 ‘Local authorities have no statutory duties in relation to monitoring the quality of home education on a routine basis.’
In fact Graham Stuart, recently elected chairman of the Children, Schools and Families Select Committee, has just confirmed this in his response to Ofsted’s Report on Home Education.
‘Under section 436A of the Education Act 1996, inserted by the Education and Inspections Act 2006, local authorities have a duty to identify children who are not receiving a suitable education in their area, so far as it is practical to do so. As the 2007 Elective Home Education Guidelines for Local Authorities make clear, however, ‘local authorities have no statutory duties in relation to monitoring the quality of home education on a routine basis’ and are only required to intervene if it appears that parents are not providing a suitable education.’
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