The current legislative framework for flexischooling does not give local authorities (LAs) any say as to whether flexischooling can occur – it is a local school decision. That said, schools naturally like to take advice and guidance on issues they are unfamiliar with. LAs can therefore play a pivotal role through their contact with schools.
In the information vacuum and poorly aligned frameworks this has led to frequent misinformation and often disinformation from LAs. Some of this has been issues of ignorance some of it clear, inappropriate interference. Matters are made worse in times of austerity when LA officers charged with home education / flexischooling may not be educators but personnel more concerned with attendance and data.
Ultimately, flexischooling (even in in shallowest form) offers huge benefits for many learners and families and should be encouraged on educational grounds. LAs need to ensure they are armed with accurate information regarding flexischooling and encouraged to develop clear policies / guidance to support school decisions. A good starting point would be to ensure that on entry and through school transitions families are aware of Education Otherwise and flexischooling opportunities. This should be backed up with information and signposting to authoritative sources.
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