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    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…

    Schoolhouse Spring Picnic 2014

    Wednesday, 26th March 2014 | Events & Activities | Schoolhouse

    The Schoolhouse spring picnic will take place at Holyrood Park, Edinburgh, on Tuesday 20 May 2014. Meet at the Education Centre (behind Holyrood Palace) at 12 noon.

      All welcome, just bring some food and drinks to share, as well as a brolly just in case!   This event has been posted on the Schoolhouse Facebook group. If you don’t use Facebook, please contact Schoolhouse to indicate your interest in attending and we will pass on to the organiser.    

    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…

    Beware of Named Puppets bearing GIRFEC ‘gifts’

    Sunday, 2nd February 2014 | Home Ed in the News | Schoolhouse

    Our petition continues to attract support and comments from individuals who have been badly affected by the implementation of GIRFEC, despite the fact that no enabling legislation has yet been passed and is, in any case, likely to be subject to legal challenge.  Named Persons and other professionals acting unlawfully may try to argue that they are “just following orders”, but we’ve heard that one before; besides, ignorance of the law is never an excuse. The Scottish Government has told us it doesn’t think much of anecdotal evidence, clearly preferring the policy based variety, prepared to order, that has allowed it…

    Protected: Schoolhouse Convener’s Report 2013

    Saturday, 25th January 2014 | Private | Schoolhouse

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    Legal advice we are happy to share, unlike like the Scottish Government

    Monday, 13th January 2014 | Home Ed in the News | Law & Policy | Media | Schoolhouse

    Despite requests from MSPs and members of the public, the Scottish Government is still refusing to publish its legal advice on the most contentious aspects of its Children and Young People Bill, currently making its weary way through the Scottish Parliament. Given the parliamentary arithmetic, whereby the government can steamroller through what it likes and is showing every sign of doing so in this case, it is unlikely that any appeal to common decency will persuade “those who know best for everyone else” to  abandon the convenience of opacity in favour of transparency.   So far, all amendments seeking to curb unwarranted…

    Notice of Schoolhouse Annual General Meeting 2013

    Saturday, 16th November 2013 | Events & Activities | Home Ed in the News | Schoolhouse

    This year’s Schoolhouse Annual General Meeting will be held on Saturday 14th December 2013 at Eighteen & Under, 1 Victoria Road, Dundee DD1 1EL, at 11.30am. The venue is in central Dundee  within easy walking distance of both the railway and bus stations. The Wellgate shopping centre car park is nearby and there is on street metered parking. [Get directions]  Please note that the venue is on the second floor and there is no lift, but we will do our best to facilitate access for anyone with prams, buggies or mobility issues.   Please let us know if you are coming so that we…