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    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.    

         

    Beware of cuddly cuddies! Montrose NO2NP roadshow

    Thursday, 27th November 2014 | Events & Activities | Home Ed in the News | Law & Policy | Media

      Image credit: Montrose Review (related article here) Schoolhouse co-ordinator Alison Preuss was one of the speakers at the latest NO2NP roadshow, which attracted a lively audience to the Park Hotel in Montrose. Chaired by Michael Veitch from the Christian Institute, the audience also heard from Lesley Scott of the Tymes Trust which represents families of young ME sufferers.   Concerned members of the public took the opportunity to raise questions and concerns about lack of training for teachers, named person allocation for home educated children, data sharing without consent, consequences of ‘non-engagement’, and the potentially damaging effects of ‘labelling’ children from an early…

    NO2NP roadshow visits Inverness

    Saturday, 4th October 2014 | Events & Activities | Home Ed in the News | Law & Policy | Media | Schoolhouse

    Schoolhouse was pleased to take part in the NO2NP Inverness roadshow on 1st October, which attracted a lively audience concerned about the implications of the Children and Young People Act for every family in Scotland.   The event was filmed and we will add a link as soon as the video is available [now available here]. Meanwhile, here is a transcript of the Schoolhouse co-ordinator’s presentation with links for reference.     Schoolhouse presentation, Inverness NO2NP roadshow   Home educators tend to have highly sensitive ‘early identification’ antennae to detect threats to our existence because we are a bit of a misunderstood and misrepresented minority. We’ve…

    NO2NP campaign gathers momentum

    Saturday, 2nd August 2014 | Events & Activities | Home Ed in the News | Law & Policy | Media

    The No2NP campaign is gathering momentum and a number of videos have been released highlighting the concerns of various individuals and organisations regarding the implementation of the compulsory named person / state guardian scheme and allied universal data gathering and sharing without consent.   Schoolhouse’s spokesperson describes the approach of the “state steamroller” from the home educators’ perspective:     Meanwhile we are preparing to take part in a series of NO2NP roadshows in Dundee, Stirling, Glasgow and Inverness where parents will be able to hear about the implications for every family of GIRFEC (Getting Information Recorded For Every Citizen),  SHANARRI , wellbeing wheels and…

    Who’s going to fix it when they ‘get it wrong’ for our child?

    Saturday, 2nd August 2014 | Events & Activities | Home Ed in the News | Law & Policy | Media

    As we reported in our recent article, GIRFEC, data mining, consent and the Named Person: who’s misleading whom?, the  legal challenge to the anti-family Part 4 of the Children & Young People (Scotland) Act has now been officially launched. A small crowd of supporters was in attendance on 9th July, along with an impressive media turn out, as the legal papers were hand delivered to the Court of Session in Edinburgh. Several tourists asked what was going on and were shocked to be told about the nature of the legislation. Even a gaggle of law lords en route to their…

    Ireland’s shame: only the F word will do

    Saturday, 2nd August 2014 | Home Ed in the News | Law & Policy | Media

    When the Irish state imprisons a parent for exercising a right enshrined in her country’s constitution – to educate her children outside the school system – only the F word will suffice to sum up the injustice.   But it’s not only naturally freethinking home educators who have noticed the creeping fascism, cleverly disguised as ‘safeguarding’ or ‘protection’, which is infecting the so called ‘free’ world. Our anti-GIRFEC petition has attracted over 4000 signatures from a cross section of concerned others, who have realised that they have been deliberately misled by politicians and those with a vested interest in maintaning a…

    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…