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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…

    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…

    A fishy tale with a feline twist

    Thursday, 1st May 2014 | Home Ed in the News | Media

      Three good news stories in a row must be something of a record, but we are pleased to report that another formerly home educated young person is now successfully running his own business at the age of 20.   His mum wrote to Schoolhouse thanking us for our help and support over the years and giving us this update:   “R has started his own business now, it’s an online tropical fish retail business. Feel free to share on your update pages: and He’s just recently launched it, so fingers crossed it goes well.   I’m so glad I decided to educate him at home, his confidence really…

    American dream becomes a reality

    Wednesday, 23rd April 2014 | Home Ed in the News | Media

    We are delighted to post another piece of good news from the home educating community in Scotland.   Congratulations are in order for one young man and his proud mother, who tells us:   “My son has been offered an unconditional place with a $20,000 merit scholarship ( based on his grades) to the university of his of his choice in California. Better still, they have allowed him to defer until next year giving him a gap year to raise additional funds for his time there.”   She adds:   “He has also been offered places at Stirling, Glasgow and GCU along with scholarships to two other US…

    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…

    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…

    A salutory lesson from the Isle of Man as MSPs prepare to abolish every child’s right to privacy

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

    We are indebted to Tristram Llewellyn-Jones from the Isle of Man for once again exposing the pitfalls in the information sharing and named person provisions contained in the Children and Young People Bill due to be passed at Holyrood today. Ever since the Bill was introduced, most MSPs have consistently failed to comprehend the concerns highlighted by parents, lawyers, social work experts and others, preferring to listen to those with a vested financial  interest in providing services to families, whether or not they want or need them. Astonishingly, some MSPs are still claiming the Bill is about protecting the most…