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Update from Education Otherwise January 25th 2010

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Children Schools and Families Bill, November 2009

January 11th

Second Reading Children Schools and Families Bill in the House of Commons. Over 200 MPs voted to withdraw the Bill. 18 MPs spoke against the controversial home education clause in the Bill. Click here for list of MPs.

Publication of revised Impact Assessment for home education proposals in Children Schools and Families Bill, following criticism from MPs and from the Local Government Association.

Publication of open letter in the Guardian calling for the controversial home education clause to be withdrawn. Signatories include former Children's Laureate Anne Fine, psychologist Oliver James and Richard House, campaigner against Toxic Childhood. A full list of over a thousand signatories can be found linked from the Guardian letters page.

Publication of DCSF feedback on the recent consultation into registration and monitoring of home education.

January 18th

Education Otherwise submits memorandum to the Bill Committee in advance of the evidence session on January 19th.

January 19th

Public Bill Committee evidence session on home education proposals in the Children Schools and Families Bill. Ministers and MPs took evidence from Graham Badman, Education Otherwise, the Home Educated Youth Council, the National Children's Bureau and the National Autistic Society.

Fuelling the Anguish: Education Otherwise article on anniversary of Badman Review Launch.

Release of DCSF Position Statement. Statement not given to Committee members and home education stakeholders by DCSF before the Bill Committee meeting.

Public Bill Committee evidence sessions outside home education on January 19th and 21st also frequently discussed the controversial home education proposals.

January 21st

Education Otherwise declines meeting with Diana Johnson MP to discuss the DCSF Position Statement.

Education Otherwise publishes page on NEETs and home education, refuting claims by Graham Badman

January 22nd

DCSF confirms to Education Otherwise that the Position Statement was not finished before January 19th.

DCSF confirms to Education Otherwise that the position statement published on January 19th has no legislative status.

Latest amendments to the controversial Children Schools and Families Bill published by DCSF.

January 23rd

Education Otherwise publishes comments on DCSF internal documents relating to the public consultation released on January 22nd, highlighting some of the many misrepresentation in the finished document

. Lord Lucas publishes a blog post about alerting members of the House of Lords to the imminent arrival of the controversial Children Schools and Families Bill

January 25th

Education Otherwise publishes feedback from local authorities received during the course of our research into home educated children known to social care and home educated children subject to Child Protection Plans. Many local authorities have told us that the information is not stored or could not be retrieved. The quest for accurate and precise information is ongoing.


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