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Petition - Home Education: Draft Guidance and Consultation

– in the House of Commons at 5:00 pm on 12th July 2018.

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Photo of Mike Gapes Mike Gapes Labour/Co-operative, Ilford South 5:00 pm, 12th July 2018

I rise to present a petition by 88 constituents from Ilford South, the lead signatory being Ms Sansel Smith. Similar petitions were presented by John Howell on 4 July, but I was unable to get this petition to him at that time, so I am presenting it today.

The petition reads:

The petition of residents of Ilford South Constituency,

Declare that the “Home Education—Call for Evidence and revised DfE guidance” has been written following significant consultation with local authorities and no consultation whatsoever with the home education community;
further that the consultation is consequently for little more than show as an intention to implement the content has already been stated: further that it seeks to encourage local authorities to breach the ECHR Article 8 and the GDPR;
and further that the report provides no accessible means for a parent to address ultra vires behaviour by their local authority, where many of those authorities already act routinely in an ultra vires manner.

The petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Government to withdraw the draft guidance and the consultation, until it has put in place an accessible and workable complaints procedure and further has consulted with home educating parents, as it has with Local Authorities, what the contents should include.

And the petitioners remain, etc.