Class warfare: A battle is brewing between home educators and parliament


Class warfare: A battle is brewing between home educators and parliament

This week a mother said she was prepared to go to prison rather than allow her local council to send her child to school. It is an extreme response to what for many is an everyday part of life, but it reveals the strength of feeling parents can have when they choose to home-educate their children.

Eileen Tracy and her husband Edward Hardy are locked in a dispute with Westminster City Council over the way they have chosen to educate their daughter, a child star who played Matilda in the hit West End show.
It is, Ms Tracy believes, a battle worth facing jail for. “The Government protects civil liberties by asking councils not to routinely inspect or assess,” she tells i. “The state does not trespass into people’s homes. Presumption of innocence means that we are deemed competent in the absence of red flags, and it is essential that councils respect this.”
Monica O'Connor went to jail in Eire for such a belief.

Ofsted’s chief inspector Amanda Spielman and Metropolitan Police deputy assistant commissioner Neil Basu have raised concerns, with the latter warning that “unregulated education and home schooling are a breeding ground for extremists and future terrorists”.
With no evidence whatsoever, but prejudice-peddling suits their social sorting and control agenda.

Such are the concerns that Labour peer Lord Soley has tabled legislation in the House of Lords in a bid to beef up the powers at the disposal of local authorities. At the heart of the Home Education (Duty of Local Authorities) Bill is a requirement for parents to sign up to a register, to give councils a better chance of preventing children from slipping through the cracks.
Soley is an ex-probation officer with ermine cladding and a deep-rooted hatred of freedom in education, as well as inflated sense of entitlement to control the lives of others.

All together now: "Tomorrow belongs to me".

See also: Parents of Matilda stage star in council home schooling row

A Westminster council spokesman said .... local authorities had a statutory obligation to ensure that resident children receive a suitable education.
This is of course a lie as the provision of suitable education in the compulsory years is a parental duty in law, like the responsibility to provide a suitable diet and suitable clothing.

And the lies go on and on...

“In Westminster, the majority of families meet with the home education adviser to discuss their education. Alternatively, parents have the option to provide endorsements from an education professional involved in the delivery of child’s education,” he said.

“We have explained to Mr Hardy and Ms Tracy that we cannot solely rely on samples of their child’s work to form a view about the suitability of their education. They unfortunately have also declined meetings and have not provided the endorsements we have sought. We remain keen to resolve this matter amicably.”

Lilian’s parents later pointed out that they had not declined to meet with the council - Edward Hardy did meet them - but they had declined a meeting between their daughter and a home education adviser.