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Please note that most of the content on this wiki relates to the 2012 draft HE policy and campaigning but will be updated in the following days. Content relating to the 2014 draft HE policy can be found by scrolling down to Latest News on this page.

 

Welcome to KentHEPublic

 

This wiki has been created by Kent home educators to share information, ideas and to collaborate on projects in response to Kent County Councils Proposed Changes to its home education policy.

Our aims are:

  1. to educate and ensure that KCC adheres to the existing legal framework for education otherwise than at home,
  2. to lobby KCC to undertake a full public consultation with all home educators on all home education policy changes.

You will also find advice on writing to councillors and MPs. All actions relating to our response will be posted here and will be available for comment and for your reference if you are writing your own letters. Please feel free to browse and if you would like to join us or send in your own content, please email me, and we will send you an invite to join our action wiki.

 

Please click here to find out how to use the public wiki. 

 

***Latest News***

 

03/07/14

 

Thank you if you emailed KCC or Graham Stuart. 

 

Roger Gough emailed back to set a time for us to talk. He has yet to confirm. In the meantime, Graham Stuart sent this email to me and this letter to Roger Gough, all KCC cabinet members AND all Kent MPs! All eyes will be on the Cabinet meeting on Monday to see what happens. GS has put it in unequivocal terms that what they are trying to do is outside of their remit and totally unacceptable. I don't think this is the end of it by any means, but I hope it opens up the lines of communication and consultation. Please email me if you wish to contribute to this campaign and future meetings with KCC, and I will send you the link to the private, Action wiki which allows us to communicate and collaborate on documents and next steps. All finalised documents and decisions are then published on this public wiki.

 

If you wish to share your correspondence with KCC or MPs, please email me and I will add it or I can change your permissions to be able to add it to this wiki.

 

02/07/14

I sent an individual email to Roger Gough summarising the concerns and requesting a time to speak with him to detail why the policy is so wrong (read it here). I also emailed Graham Stuart to see if he could help - read it here. 

 

01/07/14

Well, 2 years on and they're at it again!! Patrick Leeson and his team are seeking approval from KCC cabinet members for their draft HE Policy.

You can read it here. Two years ago they promised to consult with us before they tried to cement their plans. Two years on we find ourselves fighting yet again!

 

BBC Radio Kent contacted me for my thoughts on the latest report and, once again, I am astounded that they are attempting to register and monitor HE through the back door. Bottom line, if you refuse a visit then it will not be deemed that the child is receiving a suitable education and their name will be added to the Children Missing Education register and passed onto Social Services Teams. There will also be a 10 day cooling off period prior to deregistration where the child will still be on-roll.

 

The proposed policy will be debated and is being asked to be approved by the KCC Cabinet on 7th July. You can read it here.

The policy is accompanied by a rationale for the policy which includes incomplete stats, no qualification of figures used and quotes school-related problems as HE ones. 

 

Cabinet members will vote on this policy on Monday. We need to complain in order to stop this policy before it has a chance to be implemented. In the next few days we will be submitting a formal response which you can contribute to by emailing us, but in the meantime, please write to your local councillor and notably the Cabinet Members stating what your views are on the new policy. 

http://www.kent.gov.uk/about-the-council/how-the-council-works/the-cabinet but especially Roger Gough (Cabinet member for education) and Gary Cooke (cabinet member for democracy).

 

 

 


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