• Home Schooling

    Forcing homeschooling parents to sign up to register ‘risks treating them like sex offenders’

    Forcing parents who homeschool their children to sign up to a mandatory register risks treating them as if they were sex offenders, leading academics have warned. Last month Education Secretary Gavin Williamson confirmed he is ‘absolutely committed’ to creating a register of home educated children, with its introduction ‘imminent’. It follows an Education Committee Inquiry which examined the need for ‘accountability’ and ‘monitoring’ of families who opt out of the school system. But Dr Harriet Pattison, a home education specialist and Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood at Liverpool Hope University, told FEMAIL a register is likely to stigmatise children and parents and could even end up criminalising those who fail…

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  • Home Schooling

    Compulsory register for homeschooling in Cambridgeshire backed by County Council

    Cambridgeshire County Council is backing a proposal for a compulsory registration system for children whose parents decide to educate them at home and not enrol in school. It follows an “increasing trend” of parents pulling their children out of school and home educating because of dissatisfaction with schools in Cambridgeshire, a council committee heard. Parents are legally responsible for ensuring that their children receive an education, but school is not compulsory and parents can choose to provide education at home. There is currently no mandatory register for parents to notify local authorities that they are choosing elective home education for their children. The county council’s children and young people voted…

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  • Exchange Student

    Brookings Register | Erickson named local coordinator for ICES

    BROOKINGS – International Cultural Exchange Services (ICES) welcomes Julie Erickson as a new local coordinator. “I grew up in South Dakota and I have lived in Brookings for 23 years. I have also lived in Oklahoma, Colorado and Germany. I am the director of the Brookings Police Department Foundation, own a travel agency, and manage a convenience store in town,  she said.  “I have three grown children, each of which hosted a Japanese exchange student, my oldest son having also gone to Japan as an exchange student.  I look forward to hosting more students and to helping other students and families experience the wonderful opportunity of hosting.  I also have…

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