NI Consultation

NORTHERN IRELAND EHE DRAFT POLICY - SUMMARY OF CONSULTATION FEEDBACK REPORT October 2015

The Northern Ireland Education Authority has published a summary of consultation responses, which can be found here:

http://www.eani.org.uk/about-us/latest-news/elective-home-education-draft-policy-summary-of-consultation-f/
Or a direct link to the PDF here: http://www.eani.org.uk/_resources/assets/attachment/full/0/36481.pdf

Please see HEdNI website [ http://www.hedni.org/tags/consultation-news ] for further details and comment.

 

NORTHERN IRELAND HOME EDUCATION REVIEW 2014

In May 2014, EO became aware of a government plan in Northern Ireland to amalgamate the existing six Education and Library Boards into just one, and that prior to this happening the ELBs had got together to create a joint approach to monitoring home education. This was in a consultation phase from April 28th to June 27th.

Education Otherwise was not contacted by ELBs as part of the consultation, but the local organisation HEdNI (Home Education Northern Ireland) informed EO trustees and asked for support.  EO was also contacted by individual home educators (both EO members and otherwise) from the province.

There was concern that the draft showed a complete lack of understanding of home education, and a desire to impose the usual school standards on elective home education.   In brief:

  • parents should not remove child from school until their 'request' for home education has been 'approved'
  • multi-disciplinary  database checks would be made on the child and family
  • named officers would have responsibility for  making decisions on the 'appropriateness' of the programmes, and the suitability of the learning environment, which must be visited at least once a year, etc.
  • a proposed programme must be submitted to the ELB for approval
  • SEN children would be required to have psychological assessment to 'ensure that reasonable and adequate progress is being made'
  • a database would be kept on each child/family, Children who have never been to school should apply to be enrolled on this database also and be monitored by the officer.

EO was glad to work with home educators in the province, and a number of EO trustees and other volunteers collaborated in producing an EO response to the consultation, in support of those submitted by HEdNI and individual home educators.  Some relevant documents and links are given below.