Before Christmas I started experimenting with using screen printing to be able to convey some of the information I wish to in the project, surrounding the rules, laws and guidance around home education.
I tested printing onto paper directly, or onto photographs from the project .
For the purposes of the website, I will be using screenshots of the relevant documents and information.
I have search the gov.uk website and am confident the information can be used in this way under their open government licence, which can be found here http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/doc/open-government-licence/version/3/
For any print version of the project in exhibition or book format, I plan to use the original copy as a screen print. For the purposes of the web based project though, I will instead be using screenshots, as I think it convert to web better, and allows clearer viewing of the relevant information.
I am including the following because most people, even after the pandemic and being forced into pandemic home-schooling, do not realise that Elective Home Education is a right parents have under our laws in this country. They do not realise infact, that further than that, every person who has a child is the sole person responsible for their child’s education until the June following said child’s 16 birthday. When parents fill in the for to request a school place for a child, that is actually a legal document signing away your inherent obligation to educate your child over to the state.
When one opts to home-educate, all they are in essence doing is retaining, or reasserting that legal and default right of the parent under English law.
I am not yet decided whether I will use the screenshot from the PDF of the Education act 1996 above, which can be downloaded here https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1996/56/pdfs/ukpga_19960056_en.pdf , or instead whether I will use the screenshot below which is taken directly from the legislation website. My personal preference is for the PDF version as it is cleaner, clearer, and the lack of colour means you are drawn to the sections I have highlighted.
The highlighted sections are to draw the viewer to the most important of the information I am presenting, that demystifies elective home-education, and debunks myths around whether it is legal, whether you have to be a registered teacher to do it, whether you have to follow the national curriculum, and whether home-educated children must sit exams.
The following is two screen shots from the department of educations website , and the document they supply local authorities with entitled, ‘Elective home education, department guidance for local authorities. April 2019.’
This guidance I have chosen as it is instrumental in protecting the rights of the family to educate their child in a way outside of modern societies way of what the vast majority of people ‘think’ education looks like.
The major part of this guidance focuses on the parental right to autonomously educate their child and for that not to be a cause for concern. It outlines home-educators do not need to work at set times, days or periods (as long as a child’s education is meeting section 7 of the guidance above) . Nor does the education have to follow the national curriculum, set subjects, paths, and neither does a child have to take examinations of any kind.
It clearly states outcomes are what an education should be judged on.
I am yet to decide whether I will use the highlighted version on the website or not. I am going to upload them like this to begin, and then review in a week or two when I have received feedback on them.
Open government licence. National government guidance.uk 2021. Available at http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/doc/open-government-licence/version/3/ (Accessed 04.02.2021)
FIG1, 1996 education act. Legistlation.gov.uk. Chapter 56. Available at https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1996/56/pdfs/ukpga_19960056_en.pdf (Accessed 04.02.2021)
Fig 2, Education act 1996. Available at https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1996/56/section/7
Fig 3, EHE guidance for local authorities. Assets publishing. Available at https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/791527/Elective_home_education_gudiance_for_LAv2.0.pdf (Accessed 04.02.2021)