Freedom for Children to Grow
The Law Relating to
Expert Reference Group - Terms of referenceThis information has been provided by the Review Team.
The independent review of home education
will gather, analyse and interpret a wide range of evidence before it
reaches any conclusions and makes recommendations to Ministers.
It is imperative that the process is supported by a range of experts
to ensure recommendations are rigorous and firmly rooted in evidence.
Role and remit
The Group will act as a ‘critical friend’
to the Review team. It will be used to cross check the interpretation
of evidence and gain expert insight into key issues, such as the operation
of current processes and practice within LAs; child development and
the outcomes of home educated children; and child protection for example.
It will also act as a sounding board for emerging findings and recommendations,
ensuring they are based on firm evidence, are workable and will actively
improve outcomes for children.
The group will not be asked to comment
on drafts of the review report but may be invited to check specific
parts of it, for example, aspects of the report that are pertinent to
their area of expertise.
We anticipate that the Group will meet
approximately three times during the course of the review (January –
May 2009), with meetings of approximately 1-1.5hrs. Travel expenses
will be paid.
Expert Group Reps