East Renfrewshire Council


If you have you any comments or updates on East Renfrewshire Council's home education policy and/or practice, please post in this thread.

Educating your child at home


(October 2017) It is hard to know where to start with this, but parents who have the misfortune to be misled by this council would be well advised to point out the unlawful and unreasonable demands contained within it to the Scottish Govt education directorate. Parents need not to comply with an illegal policy, but should preferable maintain all communication in writing or else make audio/video recordings of all engagements.

There are lots of references to the UNCRC, but Article 16 (right to privacy) has been conveniently airbrushed out, as well as the fact that the Convention specifically affords parents the right to decide on the care, education and welfare of their children. Playing pick and mix with the UNCRC is a tried and tested tactic, which doesn't stand up as it must be taken as a whole.

This council previously had no information at all on its website and promised to correct the oversight, but has only recently added a link. It has also been the subject of complaints about misleading and missing information in the past and seems to be contiuing in the same vein without reference to current primary legislation or statutory guidance.


UNCRC pick and mix

On the UNCRC...

UK ratified the UNCRC in December 1991

The Convention must be seen as a whole: all the rights are linked and no right is more important that another. The right to relax and play (Article 31) and the right to freedom of expression (Article 13) have equal importance as the right to be safe from violence (Article 19) and the right to education (Article 28).

However, some articles are either airbrushed out or misrepresented to suit an anti-family agenda, most often Article 12 and 16.

From the CYCPS website:

Article 12 You have the right to an opinion and for it to be listened to and taken seriously.

Being able to refuse: Article 12 doesn’t mean children and young people have to express an opinion if they don’t want to. They can refuse to give their opinion for any reason, and Article 12 shouldn’t be used to pressure them into giving it.

Article 16 You have the right to a private life. For example, you can keep a diary that other people are not allowed to see.

Access to records: The right to privacy means that children and young people should know what records are kept about them. They should have access to these records, be able to correct anything that’s wrong and get anything that’s been obtained illegally taken out. They should be able to complain if the people who keep the records don’t listen to them.