NOT TO BE USED IN RESPONSE TO A NOTICE TO SATISFY (send a more detailed report in response to formal enquiries).
If you choose to write an educational philosophy then you must also include an overview of provision as a philosophy on its own is not sufficient.
In response to your letter/phone call/visit of * x date*. We have taken advice and are aware of our responsibilities under Section 7 of the Education Act 1996, we are satisfied that we are providing X with an education which is suitable to his/her age, ability and aptitude as well as being full time, the educational provision also takes into account their SEN (only include SEN if appropriate).
We would like to advise you that we do not require the visit offered for x date, and to request all future correspondence be kept in writing, we of course will contact you should we need your service. (only include if a visit was requested/unsolicited call/doorstepping).
CHOOSE AND EDIT AN OPTION BELOW INLINE WITH WHAT THEIR REQUEST IS:
a) FOR LA’s THAT CLAIM DUTIES THEY DON’T HAVE
We wish to remind you of section 5.1 of the Elective Home Education Guidance for Parents which states:
“Your local authority has no formal powers or duty to monitor the provision of education at home.”
However, to maintain a positive working relationship I shall include for you some information about the educational provision. The information herewith is not exhaustive, and is subject to change at any time. (then include a report, details below).
b) FOR LA’s WHO JUST ASK FOR AN UPDATE WITHOUT THREATS OR LIES
I am happy to provide an annual update about the provision as requested. The information herewith is not exhaustive, and is subject to change at any time.
My philosophy is that …….(put what your philosophy is, here are some ideas) A child learns best in their home environment/thrives on a one to one basis etc.
We follow an autonomous/semi-structured/structured/unschooling approach. (delete/add to).
The aims of this style of education revolve around what we believe will best prepare our child to become a happy, productive member of society.
I ensure that x has access to the library as well as books at home, supervised internet access and TV; such as documentaries about climate change, and BBC Bitesize from which X enjoys a broad array of topics (aim for a few more lines of info here).
Workbooks/sheets (or what ever it is you use) for (mention the KS if you think it’s appropriate) in subjects a, b and c are used (mention whether its structured or when the child chooses) which are often followed up with discussion, I am more than happy with the progress x is making.
(Mention topics such as maths, English and sciences, it doesn’t have to be in school like terminology) X enjoys baking which is a fantastic opportunity to involve maths skills. (use a few more examples).
(Do not worry about too much fine detail, it is the provision they wish to know about, the levels your child works at are not important here, it is a good rule of thumb to speak in present text rather than future.)
We ensure that x has the opportunity to meet with friends, and we often visit museums/groups/meet ups etc. (include information about social activities and sports, not specifics about which club or when).
We expect this is adequate information to satisfy your informal enquiry, please confirm receipt.