Baffling Evidence to the Education Committee

Assembly

Today, in evidence to the Education Committee, the Education Authority representative stated several times that the Draft Policy ONLY applies to children previously registered with a school.

Further, that they have no power in law to take any action unless the child was previously registered with a school, or 'formally' registered as home educated.

This is a truly baffling assertion! 

The Authority is claiming that they have NO duty to children unless they have at some time been to school, but on the other hand they claim to have a right to oversee 'curriculum and welfare' on a regular basis of all ex-school children - duty far beyond that given to them by law.

On the one hand complete abrogation of responsibility, on the other excessive and ongoing intrusion. Neither with legal basis.

As a Committee Member said, the mistake would be to register! We would have thought the EA would wish to encourage families to engage, not attach penalties...

The full transcript should be out next week.