Protect all Home Education Rights - GoFund Me appeal

Home Educators in the Isle of Man have launched this appeal:

Protect all Home Education Rights

Our freedom to home educate is under threat in England and Wales and the Isle of Man. Plans for updated guidance and or legislation will impact on home educators across Britain as Governments bow to pressure from local authorities and others to regulate and control ‘education otherwise’.

Home education is just that – education that takes place at home and is inseparable from our private and family life. Any plan for the Government to require sight of our children’s education, whether in the form of a compulsory register or rights to information or inspection of our children, breaches our Human Rights.

British law makes it the duty of parents, not the local authority, to ensure that the education of their children is suitable. The local authority can only get involved ‘if it appears’ the education is not suitable. It has always been that way.

Any attempt to change either guidance or law is simply the thin end of the wedge and could lead to home education being monitored, controlled, inspected and restricted in ways that makes it intolerable for children and families.

In the Isle of Man the Home Education community is tiny, there are only 57 home educated children on the entire island. There has never even been a school attendance order, yet the Government has jumped on the bandwagon with updated guidance and the threat of legislation. The case against any change in either guidance or legislation is even stronger here than elsewhere, but the fight is harder due to very weak compliance with Human Rights Legislation.

Please help us, and all home educating families, by contributing to a fund to raise £3000 for a legal opinion that will clearly explain to all Governments that rights to home educate free from reporting, control, interference and inspection are protected under the Human Rights Act.

The report will be available online to home educators to use in their fight to keep the law as it is and ensure that any new guidance fully respects our Human Rights.
It's been running for less than a day and 10% of the funds are in already! Please help us get the ball rolling ASAP. :cheer2:
This legal opinion is essential to help fight home education proposals across Britain.

Due to the Times newspaper reporting that the police are going to be used to check up on home educated children this legal opinion is needed urgently:

Lord Soley and others are backing Durham Police in their plans to pay visits to any home educated child who has not been in contact with the police, doctors or local authority for 18 months. If this gross and needless intrusion isn’t stopped the idea will spread right across Britain. Politicians are sweeping away the fact that the police do not have the powers to do this and that the Human Rights Act protects us from this persecution and harassment.

The advocate writing this report will be briefed to explain why it is unlawful for British public authorities and the police to act in this way under the Human Rights Act. In 2009 a similar Human Rights opinion helped STOP home education monitoring in the Isle of Man. We need a new report to tackle the latest developments.

Another appeal for a legal opinion on the English draft guidelines rapidly reached its target.

Well done!

Please keep contributing to this appeal so we can tackle the whole issue of Human Rights and home education and keep state intrusion away from our children.