Still haven't received the dreaded letter

mas

HE
Hi. Dont know whether to be concerned or not...haven't had any letter from LEA as of yet and we have been H/eing since end of April. Letter I received from Head of childrens school after de-reg, said she would be "informing the Home Education Team". I live in East Sussex and wondered if this was normal practice??

Also on a lighter note......burning the school uniform was magical!!!! ( I know I should have asked friends if they wanted it , but it was very symbolic for me!)
 

mas

HE
No I didn't take any pics, but wish i had!!

Ha ha...recieved letter this morning from 'Children's Services, Flexible Learning Educational Support Service'

They have sent me a Registration Form to complete... this includes...name/address/home no/email add/DOB
Last school attended/ Does your child have a Statement of Special Educational Needs
Date when Home Education began..then please outline your reasons for choosing to educate your child at home.
Please comment on what arragement you are making for your childs education.
Do you have any questions you would like to ask regarding elective home education.

On the reverse of the letter...
Monitoring of Home Education by FLESS
The flexible learning educational support service will monitor your childs education by requesting info about your childs home education programme and by making home visits at appointed times.

FLESS always prefers to have the opportunity to visit families so that children and young people can share what they have been doing and celebrate thier success. If this is not possible, families may like to write a report on what they have been doing with their child and provide some examples of work.

Please sign and date below to confirm that you have read and understood the information set ouit in the 'East Sussex Guidance on Elective Home Education' document.
Then I am supposed to sign and date.

Sorry so long, but is this letter standard?? I haven't got any record of work done by my two as we haven't really settled into a routine...they are just enjoying being at home still and I think they are so much happier than a few weeks ago...they are even civil to each other Son 15 and Daughter 13 so to us its amazing!! Will I get into trouble as I haven't got a record of work and do I really have to register with the LA??
Thanks
 
Someone who really knows will answer this I am sure - but it sounds to me as though this letter is completely beyond the pale and therefore a wpb candidate!
 

Diane

HEdups
Oh, yes, the letter is crap.

You don't have to have proof of child's progress or child's work on display to these vultures. You can provide proof in an educational philosophy which is just a document that gives some details of what you are doing with the child (or what the child is doing). You don't have to meet them, you don't have to answer stupid forms...

You DON'T have to be monitored. The law has not changed. NO MONITORING. They have the right to make enquiries. You satisfy their enquiries. NO MONITORING. They have it wrong.

Diane
 

Diane

HEdups
P.S. You don't have to register with anyone. Presumably they have your details already since they contacted you.

Diane
 

mas

HE
Thanks Diane for your reply. Made me feel alot better!!!
Would it bit okay for me to just send in a letter outlining our plans?? How detailed does this have to be? Not quite sure what we are going to do at the moment, as things change daily with regard to my two. They are happy at present at that is all I'm concern about. They are getting their confidence back!!
 

Diane

HEdups
You're welcome.

Well, you can discuss your belief in autonomous education, then go on to talk about the kinds of things you are doing, how you're dealing with the 'socialisation' issue (it's an issue for them unfortunately) and finish with a list of resources.

There are some sample educational philosophies here:

http://www.timsellers.net/steinerhomeschooling/philosophy.html

http://www.muddlepuddle.co.uk/HOME ED PAGES/Educational Philosophies.htm

http://www.free-range-education.org.uk/Educational Philosophies.html

Hope that helps.

Diane
 
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