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    Schoolhouse Info and Networking event, Dundee, 13 June 2015

    Saturday, 23rd May 2015 | Events & Activities | Home Ed in the News | Law & Policy | Schoolhouse

    Schoolhouse will be holding an information and networking event in central Dundee on Saturday 13th June, from 11am until 3pm.   If you want to know more about the current position regarding home education and what your rights and responsibilities are as home educators, then this is the event for you! Participants will also have ample opportunity to network with other home educating parents.   Places are limited and cost £4 for Schoolhouse members and £6 for non-members. Attendees should bring a packed lunch and we will provide teas, coffees and soft drinks.   To book a place, please email info@schoolhouse.org.uk.    

    Schoolhouse Home Education Gathering, 18/20 September 2015

    Sunday, 3rd May 2015 | Events & Activities | Home Ed in the News | Schoolhouse

    IFED 2015

     

    Schoolhouse is organising a Home Education Gathering from the 18th to 20th September 2015 which will coincide with celebrations surrounding the 9th annual International Freedom in Education Day.  

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      The camping weekend will be held at the Dundee Scouts’ Douglaswood Campsite in Tayside. Spaces are limited and will cost £8 per person for Schoolhouse members and £10 per person for non members. Under threes’ places are free and there will be a 10% large families discount for families of six or more.   To request a booking form, please email membership@schoolhouse.org.uk or info@schoolhouse.org.uk.   Now to consult the long range weather forecast!    

     

     

    Critical masses say no to Snooperati

    Monday, 30th March 2015 | Home Ed in the News | Law & Policy

    GIRFEC: Getting Information Recorded For Every Child (and the whole family tree!)   The Schoolhouse petition (which was set up purely as an awareness raising tool when it became clear that parents and professionals were being misled into believing that GIRFEC was about protecting vulnerable children rather than a mass data stealing exercise) has now passed the 6000 signature mark, and supporters will no doubt welcome an update on progress, if it can be described thus.   A legal challenge by the NO2NP campaign is ongoing, with an appeal hearing having been fast tracked following one judge’s failure to comprehend the serious damage already being…

    Schoolhouse Spring Picnic 2015

    Sunday, 22nd March 2015 | Events & Activities | Home Ed in the News | Schoolhouse

        For the Schoolhouse spring picnic 2015, we are returning to the ever popular Camperdown Park in Dundee. which is a vast open space on the outskirts of the city with picnic areas, a playpark and a wildlife centre with indoor café.   This year’s gathering will take place on Saturday 9 May, from 11.30am – 3.30pm. We will convene on the green space across from the café,  close to the car park and play area, so that latecomers can find us easily. Look out for the Schoolhouse banner!   The event will be free of charge for Schoolhouse members, but non members are also welcome…

    Dingwall NO2NP roadshow

    Saturday, 7th March 2015 | Events & Activities | Home Ed in the News | Law & Policy

      The NO2NP roadshow visited Dingwall on 4th March, where a capacity audience (bigger than the Beatles!) heard from Michael Veitch of the Christian Institute, Lesley Scott of the Tymes Trust and Alison Preuss from Schoolhouse. Some challenging questions and interesting comments were raised from the floor, perhaps the most surprising among them being that many parents had had no idea about the Named Person, or the fact that GIRFEC had been piloted in the Highlands – making a mockery of the universal benefits claimed for what was a small, selective project that was deliberately limited in scope to address the needs of…

    New NO2NP roadshow dates announced

    Wednesday, 17th December 2014 | Events & Activities | Home Ed in the News | Law & Policy

    New roadshow dates have been announced for January and February 2015, when the NO2NP Campaign will be visiting Livingston, Greenock and Dunfermline.  

     

     

    Children ‘missing’ from what, exactly?

    Tuesday, 16th December 2014 | Home Ed in the News | Law & Policy | Media

    BBC Scotland reports emotively today on the alleged ‘Toll of kids missing from school’.   We are unreliably informed that:   “In some cases, children are marked as missing because they have moved house and failed to tell the school. Agencies say others disappear for more “sinister” reasons including abuse and forced marriage. In the past five years, 2,619 children aged three to 16 have gone missing.”   Well, forgive us for pointing out the obvious, but compulsory education age is defined by primary legislation and it doesn’t start at three! No matter how much pressure parents are put under to register their children at nurseries…

    A Named Parent for every professional?

    Tuesday, 2nd December 2014 | Home Ed in the News | Law & Policy | Media

    The Myles Bradbury case brings into sharp focus the inherent dangers of the universal Scottish Named Person scheme, which promotes professional power-over access to every child and facilitates the gathering and sharing of every child’s (and every associated adult’s) sensitive personal data among a large number of other professionals without informed consent. As was contended in the recent judicial review, this flies in the face of Article 8 of the ECHR and is in blatant breach of the ‘consent’ and ‘necessity’ tests in both the UK Data Protection Act and EU Directives. Since publishing some anonymised case studies to demonstrate the…

    Schoolhouse presentation: Inverness NO2NP roadshow

    Friday, 28th November 2014 | Events & Activities | Home Ed in the News | Law & Policy | Media | Schoolhouse

    The NO2NP youtube channel has now uploaded Alison Preuss’s presentation on behalf of Schoolhouse to the Inverness roadshow which took place on 1st October 2014. The transcript is available here.    

         

    Victims of GIRFEC data theft and SHANARRI tick box tyranny

    Thursday, 27th November 2014 | Home Ed in the News | Law & Policy | Research

    Schoolhouse remains deeply concerned by reports of harassment, bullying and ultra vires activities on the part of the new ‘SHANARRI Stasi’, which has been unleashed on the unsuspecting families of Scotland as a result of the Children and Young People Act. As we await the outcome of the judicial review just heard at the Court of Session, in which Aidan O’Neill QC reminded the government that “There is a responsibility in legislating. You can’t just put out any old rubbish”, we thought we would post a few anonymised case studies to demonstrate how things go very wrong for families when they…