New Home Educators in England (ie less than 2 months)
Make sure you are fully aware of your rights and remember you do NOT EVER have to have a visit or a phone call, in fact we strongly urge families to keep communication in writing.
If the LA have sent forms that are asking for basic information and a brief overview of what you are doing, then it is ok to fill them in. If they are asking irrelevant/school type questions (such as your qualifications, a timetable, grades, levels. etc), you can choose to write your own letter (using this template)
Remember you do not have to declare your own education, or details of any tutors used, grade work, have a timetable or show any work the child has done.
In response to your letter/email/phone call/visit of x date, we wish to decline the meeting/call offered. We are well supported locally and nationally but will reach out to you should we require your support.
Please note that we request all future correspondence be kept in writing.
We are satisfied that the Home Educational provision for child 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**
As your forms do not seemed geared towards Home Education in all of its styles and as we only deregistered on x date we feel that providing details at this point would not adequately reflect our provision. We, of course understand that education must take place from day one, and it is, we would be better placed to provide information around x date. (3 months from deregistration) we appreciate your understanding and look forward to hearing from you at a later date.
**If copies of the child’s work are demanded** We have asked xxx if they would like to share their work with you and they have chosen not to, I expect you will respect their wishes.
**if you feel the tone of the letter/phone call was threatening, or demanding far more than a general update, you can add in** 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.”