Clause 76

Part of Education and Skills Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 1:00 pm on 28th February 2008.

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Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Shadow Minister (Education) (Schools) 1:00 pm, 28th February 2008

It need not be an institution—just parents getting together to home educate their children. It is difficult to be an expert in maths, geography and science. A group of parents may well get together and collectively educate those children in one of their homes, and this provision will mean that that will  constitute an independent educational institution. That is why home educators are concerned, and the Minister has done nothing to alleviate that concern. As for health and safety, as one of my e-mail correspondents this morning said, there is already plenty of legislation under which local authorities can intervene if they feel there are safety issues affecting children.