I’ve been having a clear out and have come across something funny in my old files from our home educating days.
It wasn’t this report (totally useless) that the County sent to us after their visit regarding our provision for Charley. It was the one I sent them in return!
But here’s theirs for a start:
Our part of Lincolnshire wasn’t too bad in terms of the home education monitoring officers that visited. Not like those which some families experienced. However, I hadn’t intended to tolerate any disrespect coming into our home – neither to me or the children. I also made it clear that I would, in turn, be sending them a report about how they behaved!
They thought I was joking.
But I actually went and did it, setting it out in a formal style like theirs, in the hope that the authority would learn something and behave accordingly and the ill mannered and irreverent visits that some families suffer would gradually be a thing of the past. And it was this report that I came across today – made me laugh, so I thought I’d share it! Here it is:
I would love to know what was said when they read it – probably not repeatable!
Now I’m thinking that if all home schooling parents did the same; sent their own report on how visiting officers behaved, we might go some way to eradicating the offensive and disrespectful way some are treated by the authorities that visit their homes. And help to assert that home educating is a valuable, workable and successful approach to children’s education and that most of us doing it are utterly committed. And are not to be messed with!
Feel free to copy or use my version/idea in any way you wish. And stick together with others to give you support and confidence in dealing with the LA if you need to.