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    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…

    Home education research by home educated researcher

    Sunday, 26th May 2013 | Home Ed in the News | Research

    We rarely post requests from researchers but we thought we would make an exception for one who was herself home educated. If you can assist Anna with her project  please contact her directly.   To all at Schoolhouse   My name is Anna Drever, and I’m a sociology student at the University of Edinburgh. I’ve decided to do my dissertation research project on home education and would love it if you’d be willing to help out. I was home educated myself, so I have a personal interest in the real experiences of families like mine, and in breaking down some of the preconceived ideas…

    Perth & Kinross Council: Getting It Wrong Again

    Saturday, 2nd March 2013 | Home Ed in the News | Law & Policy | Research | Schoolhouse

    Following on from our recent post, Hidden from whom? The ongoing stigmatisation of home educators, we have received a breathtakingly arrogant response to our FOI request from Perth and Kinross Council, whose Child Protection Committee has sunk to NSPCC levels in disseminating deliberate falsehoods about home education. We are angry on behalf of home educators, whose lives these Pinocchio people seek to disrupt, and, in particular, on behalf of home educated children who have already suffered abuse in the community as a result of  deliberate demonisation by irresponsible ‘protection’ racketeers.   Before we fisk the spin, it’s worth taking a look at Perth…

    Hidden from whom? The ongoing stigmatisation of home educators

    Wednesday, 30th January 2013 | Home Ed in the News | Law & Policy | Media | Research | Schoolhouse

    Schoolhouse has just submitted a Freedom of Information request to Perth & Kinross Council, whose Child Protection Committee has declared that home educated children are “hidden” and, what’s more, have had starring roles in “recent SCRs”.   Hidden from whom, we wonder? Jimmy Savile sorts, perhaps?   We are of course also itching to discover which Significant Case Reviews (or even Serious Case Reviews south of the border)  they might be referring to so that we can compare our “evidence” bases. Shhhhurely they don’t mean any of the usual suspects ( the ones who weren’t actually home educated or those who were well known…

    How cool is your council?

    Thursday, 10th January 2013 | Home Ed in the News | Law & Policy | Research | Schoolhouse

    One of Schoolhouse’s new year resolutions is to revisit and review the information relating to home education on each of the 32 Scottish council websites so that we can update our local authority link pages.  We have previously posted about this ongoing project.   Now this is no mean feat as, no sooner than a council page is updated on our site, we will be alerted by one of our members to a broken link (invariably with no redirect). A conspiracy theorist might well construe this as a deliberate ploy to frustrate those seeking information about home education and/or to keep us…

    Local Authority Links

    Wednesday, 17th March 2010 | Home Ed in the News | Law & Policy | Research | Schoolhouse

    Schoolhouse is in the process of updating its local authority links and has contacted all 32 Scottish Local Authorities seeking updated information on their home education policies, information for parents and contact details for staff members with responsibility for home education.  We have sought the following information : Link url to the council’s elective home education policy Link url to the council’s information for parents re elective home education Details of the council’s named home education contact with telephone number and email address Since parents often report difficulty in locating the relevant information on some council websites, we decided to place all the details on our own website for ease of…

    Volunteers wanted!

    Monday, 23rd November 2009 | Home Ed in the News | Law & Policy | Research | Schoolhouse

    Is your Local Authority providing accurate information about elective home education? Schoolhouse is working on its Local Authority contacts list in which it aims to include pages with links to each of the 32 authority websites, their information for parents on home education and their named contacts as required by the Scottish Government guidance. Some authorities rightly point parents to the statutory guidance and their local policies and procedures are in accordance with it. In some cases, there is little or no information about home education on the council’s website, and in others, there is worryingly inaccurate and misleading information. Astonishingly, a few councils appear still to be using proformas developed by Strathclyde Regional Council which ceased…

    Towards Positive Partnerships Report

    Friday, 16th February 2007 | Older News | Research | Schoolhouse

    Report of the research carried out by the SCC during 2006/2007 in association with Schoolhouse.

    Click to download the report of the research carried out.

    Towards Positive Partnerships

    Tuesday, 6th February 2007 | Older News | Research | Schoolhouse

    A summary of the research carried out by the SCC during 2006/2007 in association with Schoolhouse.


    Click here to download a copy in pdf format