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External website links of potential interest to those who Home Educate or Home School. If you have a link that you think would be of interest here please let us know.

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  Link   Do we need another government enquiry into home education?
Guardian article discussing the government's latest consultation on Home Education
  Link   Independent Review of Home Education
Government website about the review of home education, results of which will be published May 2009
  Link   No 10 petition on home education consultation
No 10 petition: "We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to to remind his government that parents must remain responsible in law for ensuring the welfare and education of their children and that the state should not seek to appropriate these r
  Link   No School Like Home
Guardian article: Home education, long dismissed as a hippy option, can be 'astonishingly efficient', says a new study.
  Link   Education Act 1996
Section 7 is where the right to home educate comes from " ...either by regular attendance at school or otherwise"
  Link   HELM on Facebook
The Home Educators Local Network is a facebook group for those actively or considering home education from all over the West Midlands. (if the above link doesn't work login to facebook and search for HELM).
  Link   Education OtherWise
Official site of Education OtherWise, resources and information on home education.
  Link   Freedom for Children to Grow
Education Otherwise campaign site for home education. News on government consultation, and how you can get involved raising the profile of home education
  Link   Freedom in Education
Home Education links and newsletter
  Link   Learning through play
National Literacy Trust website; the importance of play in the early stages of a child's development
  Link   BBC learning
Learning Resources for Home and School
  Link   BBC Education News
Education news from the BBC
  Link   Directgov: Educating your child at home
Government information guides and advice on home education
  Link   Parents Centre
Another government site dealing with many issues around parenting, including education. There is a useful section on child safety on the internet and a well structured forum, including a dedicated home education forum.
  Link   National Curriculum in Action
Home Educators are not required to follow the National Curriculum (and few do in practice) but this site is useful in that it demonstrates what the National Curriculum is supposed to look like with examples and analysis of (school) children's work.
  Link   Worcestershire Home Educators Network
Home page of Worcestershire home educators group
  Link   Home Education UK
Background information to home education in the UK
  Link   HE Specials
Site for families who home educate children with special educational needs.
  Link   Home Education Advisory Service
Information for home educators including advice about educational materials, resources, GCSE examinations, special educational needs, information technology, legal matters and curriculum design.
  Link   Learning Outside the Classroom
Learning Outside the Classroom Manifesto, launched by the Secretary of State for Education and Skills on 28 November 2006. Interesting because it argues that schools should get children out of the classroom more (Home Educator's know that already).
 
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