Memorandum submitted by Simon Webb
I am a home educating parent who has
educated his daughter since birth
For some years I have thought that more
oversight is needed for home education
Graham Badman's review was very fair
and open minded
The recommendations of the Badman review
are sensible and balanced
1. As a home educating parent myself, I
have long had doubts about the standard of education being provided
by many parents who have withdrawn their children from school.
I was accordingly pleased when the DCSF decided to commission
Graham Badman to conduct a review of elective home education.
2. My daughter, who has never attended school,
and I both gave evidence to the review. We found Graham Badman
to be reasonable, courteous and very open minded and fair in his
approach to the question of home education.
3. My worries about home education centre
largely around the practice of autonomous education, in which
children decide for themselves what they should learn. This is
the most popular educational technique adopted by those who withdraw
their children from school. I believe this to be an extremely
inefficient method of education.
4. Graham Badman collected information from
many home educators, as well as statutory bodies and voluntary
organisations. At the end of this, he was far from convinced that
autonomous education is the best way of educating children.
5. As a home educator I agree fully with
the Recommendations of the Badman Review, particularly with regard
to LEAs having new powers to monitor and inspect families who
do not send their children to school. Without such regular inspections
it seems very likely to me, based upon my own experience, that
many children would not receive a suitable education at home.
My daughter, who is now 15 and has never been to school,
agrees with me on this subject. We would both be happy to appear
in person before the Select Committee to give evidence.