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Sorky has a simple yet cunning plan! Come Autonomous Educators and admire her genius!!

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sorky Thu 18-Jun-09 05:38:28

For every game there are rules, right?
For every rule there is generally a loophole, right?
This registration lark and whole-scale interview/visit debacle is likely to take a little while isn't it?

I have a cunning plan grin <rubs hands with glee>

The fundamental problem for those of us who educate autonomously is that we can't say what our children will be interested in in the next year.
However, we have a unique opportunity here as the majority will be unknown to LA's.
They don't know what you did last year do they? grin

I'm going to submit a plan, which contains last years' aims (already met) and gather up all the evidence of visits we've done, photographs I took, crafty things we made, books we read etc, etc.
Then we'll continue to work autonomously and present last years work as the plan for the forthcoming year!

Admit it, it's genius.
Just because you HE autonomously doesn't mean you don't have evidence of education. Most of us take photographs, have guff from visits, the children themselves can often relay the information they have learned. Even if you don't, it's hardly an imposition to do so.

We can argue til we're blue in the face that it's wrong we face registration, visits and submission of plans, but at some point we won't have a choice.
I say we get organised and beat them at their own game.

sorky Thu 18-Jun-09 05:41:52

If someone has already suggested this, then please, let me down gently.

sorky Thu 18-Jun-09 08:48:48

Clearly no-one thinks I'm as clever as I do grin

julienoshoes Thu 18-Jun-09 09:28:43


From what the LA bods I spoke to directly yesterday were saying, they would accept this as proof of learning.

2kidzandi Thu 18-Jun-09 11:07:12


robberbutton Thu 18-Jun-09 12:06:23

LOL. Actually that sounds like a great idea, but ugh, the effort!

What you really should do it just keep it all in a box, then when the inspectors come round just hand it to them, with pieces of paper flying everywhere. Like they do in films with tax inspectors.

When they come for us, I just want to be able to hand them Charlotte Mason's 6 volumes, or all 814 pages of the Well Trained Mind, and say 'there you go, our plan'!

GentleOtter Thu 18-Jun-09 12:12:18

I love your idea, sorky, and wish I had been really organised. <goes off to dig out bits and pieces>
Do you think they would accept a fully grown sheep from the 'how to lamb then look after them' project we had in spring? wink

ommmward Thu 18-Jun-09 12:49:13

we already have a large bag hanging on the back of the kitchen door for precisely this purpose. grin

But that doesn't make you any less of a genius. [enfolds sorky supportively in ample bosom]

Litchick Thu 18-Jun-09 15:17:05

Sorky - I have won plenty of cases where an ex partner was against HE.
Evidence I have brought before the court has included a blog, photos, videos,brownie badges, unidentifiable pictures made with tissue paper and bits of pasta, clay models, and once I even took a box of cakes for the judge that the kids had made. I defy any decent HEer not to have this stuff kicking around the house by the shedload.

Kayteee Thu 18-Jun-09 16:42:06

Sorky, you are on my wave-length grin

We have an airtight jar of McDonalds' fries, (which we are being observed as to "rotting time"). Do you think that would count?

flamingobingo Fri 19-Jun-09 18:46:04

grin fab idea

musicposy Sun 21-Jun-09 20:28:41

Great idea sorky (though I strongly oppose why we have to do it)!

I have a German CD. We are trying to learn some because we are going to Austria in a couple of months. We put it on in the car and spit at each other and fall about laughing (no offence to any German people, we are really enjoying learning it)!

I think I will put German on my plan for next year grin

dandycandyjellybean Wed 15-Jul-09 17:38:20

flippin' brill sorky, not 'Officially' he'ing my ds for another year, but as all autonomous educators know it's already happening in spades, so will do exactly as you say. Lovin' it!!!!! Genius

Lilybunny Wed 19-Aug-09 21:06:23

I'm so impressed I've sent a link to my local Home ed group!

ThingumyandBob Sat 22-Aug-09 14:23:54

Great idea and it will work too...I used to do it at work to placate the ridiculous demands of senior management who used to live in cloud cook coo too!

I was wondering if I could adapt it to keeping the inspector at bay, I guess keeping diary is easy(ish) enough! I hope it works!

sorky Wed 26-Aug-09 21:01:01

<preens> grin
I did think it was rather clever meself wink

parachutes Sat 29-Aug-09 09:12:41

Sorky, you're a genius.

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