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    GIRFEC, data mining, consent and the Named Person: who’s misleading whom?

    Thursday, 10th July 2014 | Events & Activities | Home Ed in the News | Law & Policy | Media | Schoolhouse

      Image credit: No2NP A range of media coverage of yesterday’s launch of the judicial review of the Named Person and data mining provisions within the Children & Young People (Scotland) Act can now be found on the NO2NP Facebook page.   Just as the legal papers were being lodged by the Christian Institute at the Court of Session,  we were somewhat bemused to hear an oft repeated, but unsubstantiated, assertion by Bill Alexander of Highland Council that GIRFEC had been a resounding success there. Moreover, he sought to assure every reader and listener of every news media outlet he could muster that no complaints had…

    Named Persons in the firing line

    Saturday, 21st June 2014 | Home Ed in the News | Law & Policy | Media | Schoolhouse

      Some of the attendees at the No2NP conference and campaign launch Image credit: No2NP We must apologise for the belatedness of this update, but we do have several compelling excuses! We have been fielding a record number of enquiries from home educating parents and those considering the option due entirely to anxieties about GIRFEC, Named Persons and the legalised data theft incorporated in the Children & Young People (Scotland) Act which was recently rushed through the Scottish Parliament before MSPS had the chance (or wit) to wake up to its implications. Despite not coming into force  until 2016 (and not at all if…

    Schoolhouse response to Northern Ireland Elective Home Education consultation

    Monday, 2nd June 2014 | Home Ed in the News | Law & Policy | Schoolhouse

    Home educating families in Northern Ireland are being threatened with the implementation of a draconian new Elective Home Education policy which is currently the subject of public consultation.   In an oppressive move to undermine the rights and freedoms of home educating families, the ultra vires proposals contained within the Boards’ draft policy include:   state entry into family homes without suspicion of wrongdoing powers to question children delays over deregistration from school the requirement of parental ‘permission’ to home educate control over the form and content of the education provided   Schoolhouse has today submitted the following  response to all five Education & Library Boards, ticking every ‘disagree’ box and setting…

    Shovelling fog

    Saturday, 17th May 2014 | Home Ed in the News | Law & Policy | Media | Schoolhouse

    Members of the FOG campaign are to be congratulated on their tenacity in seeking to pin down the named politicians fronting the all-out assault on families by the Scottish Government and its cheerleading allies, all of whom stand to gain from the forced implementation of GIRFEC (Getting Information Recorded For Every Citizen).  Introduced in Highland as a  ‘pilot’ without statutory basis, it was unquestioningly adopted and zealously implemented by obedient servants (of the state, not the public) in a comprehensive exercise to ensure that virtually every child could be deemed ‘at risk of not meeting his or her wellbeing outcomes’ as…

    No 2 Named Person conference: the family fights back

    Tuesday, 13th May 2014 | Events & Activities | Home Ed in the News | Law & Policy | Media | Schoolhouse

    As the Christian Institute prepares to launch a judicial review of the anti-family ‘named person’ and data theft provisions contained in the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act, with legal papers expected to be lodged by the end of June, all those who are concerned about the implications of this odious Trojan horse piece of legislation are being invited to attend a conference at the Holyrood Hotel in Edinburgh on 9th June.   Organised by Dr Stuart Waiton of Abertay University, who has contributed numerous articles and papers during and since the passage of the CHYP Act and is an outspoken critic of…

    Data theft and the Named Person latest

    Thursday, 10th April 2014 | Home Ed in the News | Law & Policy | Media | Schoolhouse

    Like ‘terrorism’, ‘child protection’ has long been used by control freak governments of all political persuasions as an emotive excuse to justify the abuse of citizens’ human rights and the breaching of data protection safeguards. The Children and Young People (Scotland) Act is one such example of Trojan Horse legislation, based on policy based ‘evidence’ and backed by Pinocchio PR. It was rushed through the Scottish Parliament by the present government because it suited vested interests and, despite being a New Labour construct, they are apparently “all in it together”.   The state funded cheerleading children’s charities, shamelessly begging for a bigger…

    Call off the GIRFEC engagement to stop unwanted SHANARRI advances

    Tuesday, 1st April 2014 | Home Ed in the News | Law & Policy | Schoolhouse

    According to the Children’s Minister Aileen Campbell, whom we quote verbatim, “the parent is under no obligation to engage with the named person or the service offered” when it comes to dealing with the SHANARRI army of box ticking state guardians who have been parachuted, uninvited, into the lives of every family in Scotland.   These data gathering drones are tasked to ensure, by fair means or foul, that every child in Scotland has every life, including pre-life, event and activity recorded by every ‘professional’ with whom they have contact, details of which may be accessed by any other so-called service if…

    Introducing the T Team

    Sunday, 16th March 2014 | Home Ed in the News | Law & Policy | Schoolhouse

    It has long been a source of frustration to home educators and prospective home educators that accurate information is not being made easily and routinely available to them by local authorities. Many councils have no information on their websites, others have it so deeply buried as to render it invisible, and some even publish inaccurate information which can seriously mislead parents about the law relating to education outwith school.   Equally frustrating is ‘vanishing link syndrome’, whereby previously working links to information on home education simply disappear without notice and without redirects being put in place. Subsequent site searches may come up…

    Bought and sold for GIRFEC gold

    Saturday, 8th March 2014 | Home Ed in the News | Law & Policy | Media | Schoolhouse

    Now that the Children and Young People (Scotland) Bill has been passed (pending royal assent) all the usual suspects in the public and third sectors are celebrating their state sanctioned status as nosy parker Named Persons with powers to interfere in private family life. How long will it be before they fully appreciate the implications of selling out the families they are supposed to serve for GIRFEC gold?   As we and others have long been at pains to point out, data theft and citizen surveillance is what this Big Brother Scotland Bill is all about and the more accurate definition of…

    Schoolhouse urges Secretary of State to invoke Scotland Act powers

    Wednesday, 19th February 2014 | Home Ed in the News | Law & Policy | Media | Schoolhouse

    Following the passage of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Bill, Schoolhouse has written to the Secretary of State for Scotland requesting that he refer the legislation to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council under Section 35 of the Scotland Act. We are aware that we are not alone in urging this course of action in the light of legal opinion from senior counsel and advice from a constitutional law expert.   We have reproduced in full the text of our letter to the Secretary of State for the elucidation of those who may still be unaware of, or who have…