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*This is what the government is proposing for home educators in Wales:
The parent will have to apply to the council for permission to home educate The application process will involve interviews with the parent and the child The parent will have to satisfy the council that education is "suitable" "Suitable education" is to be redefined in law*
Home Educators Report That The Council Ignores Them Why The Government Should Heed Bridgend Plan B: Use Existing Powers To Develop Statutory Guidance Best Practice LAs Current Government Guidelines Advocate Building Positive Relationships Current Government Guidelines Already Set Out Enforcement Procedures Current Government Guidelines Already Set Out Child Protection Procedures Current Government Guidelines Already Allow For Diversity Home Education Provision Subjective Nature of Inadequate Information New Definition of Suitable Education Disproportionate Impact On Home Educated Children With Additional Needs Tackle Issue Of School Exclusions Where Children Have Additional Needs Criticism Of Ambiguous/Misleading Phrasing Discrepancy Between Local Authority Reports And Home Educators' Experience Lack Of Transparency Over Compulsory Access To Home Lack Of Adherence To Current Government Guidelines Sue Mitchell's Research Attempt To Minimise Far-reaching Grounds For Refusing/Revoking Registration Current Government Guidelines: Enforcement/Welfare/Safeguarding Waiting To Be Granted Permission To Home Educate Offrolling Flawed Consultation Process: Government Did Not Ask Local Authorities To Circulate Information To Stakeholders Children's Version Of Consultation Paperwork Is Highly Misleading National Behaviour and Attendance Review Child's Right To Education: School Exclusions Children Missing Education
I've got a walkthrough here for anyone wanting to tackle the consultation but who is feeling over-faced by the amount of information to be processed at this late stage
Essentially what I'm recommending is that you look at the questions separately from the Government's actual consultation response form because it's much easier to see what's going on, and to make your notes, and you can always paste your answers back into the official form at the end.