Home education Skype broadcast meeting

Lord Soley

In January I held a meeting for people who were concerned about my home education bill. This was an opportunity for them to ask questions about the bill

Some people were unable to attend the meeting due to a range of reasons including child care or long travel and they contacted me stating their disappointment. Therefore, I will be hosting another session over a Skype for Business broadcast session online. This will be the first of its kind where members of the public can ‘attend’ a meeting at Westminster in this way.

This is the first time an event of this type is happening at Westminster and it is still in its experimental phase however the technical team at Westminster are working hard to ensure that it runs smoothly on the day.

It will be an online broadcast session only, so you will be unable to attend in person and it will take place on Tuesday 24th April between 5pm and 7pm.

The committee stage of the Bill is scheduled to take place at the House of Lords on Friday 27th April 2018.

The Bill is designed to create a register of home educated children and will have in it a clause that requires local education authorities to give information and advice when a home educating parent requests it. This is designed to help those who find it difficult to access all the information they require. It has the added advantage of putting into law an assumed right to home educate. This is an important right and one which I have always supported.

Registration makes it easier to check that children are not only getting the range of educational experience they need but also that we have increased protection for that small but very important minority of children who are taken out of school to be radicalised, trafficked or abused. The rights of the child are important to me and to society.

If you would like to tune in to this session, you can register your interest in two ways:

  1. Send a letter stating your interest to join the session with your home address and contact details including your email address to Lord Clive Soley, Westminster, London SW1A 0AA.
  2. Send an email stating your interest to join the session with your home address and contact details to officeoflordsoley@parliament.uk

If you have a question to ask it would be helpful if you could send it in advance when you register your interest however it is okay if you wish to ask it on the day although the two hour slot will obviously restrict numbers to some extent.

Please note that priority will be given to those who did not attend the meeting earlier this year and that registering interest is not a guarantee that you will be sent an invitation to the meeting. Time will limit numbers. If you are sent an invitation to tune in, you will be sent instructions to your inbox on how to join the session closer to the time. You cannot join the session if you do not have an email account.

In preparation for the session please take some time to have a look at the following points of information:

Home education bill


Home Education (Duty of Local Authorities) Bill [HL] 2017 …


A Bill to make provision for local authorities to monitor the educational, physical and emotional development of children receiving elective home education, and for …


Transcript of the second reading of the home education bill and debate at the House of Lords on 24th November 2017


17 comments for “Home education Skype broadcast meeting

  1. 20/04/2018 at 11:23 am

    Once again it needs to be taken-on-board at some high Table,
    that firstly
    Schools, universities and NVQ-colleges Training for Careers & Job Workplaces [40 hours/week] Skills
    needs to be in-detail-distinguished from
    Lifeplace Enablement Education for living [128 hours/week].

    Secondly, that Lifeplace enabling needs to provide to the entire generic Public access to, and opportunities to learn, practice, and implement, the many advances in Knowledge and Practical-Know-How that the main schools, colleges, and universities Training is excluding –

    including such lists as are visitable in not-for-profit, power nor prestige e-sites
    http://www.lifefresh.co.uk ; http://www.one-human-living.com ; and http://lifefresh.net

    which relevantly to “home-education” include many overlooked and excluded advances such as
    “Effort” (Laban & Lawrence) ;
    “Wisdom of the Body Moving” (Hartley) ;
    “Awareness Through Movement” (Feldenkrais);
    “Six Thinking Hats” (E. de Bono) ;
    “Teacher Effectiveness Training” (Gordon) ;
    “People Skills” (Bolton) ;
    “Your Body: biofeedback at its best” [without instruments, machinery and artificiality] (Jencks).

  2. Teresa Thomasson
    21/04/2018 at 6:06 am

    Dear sir plesa look at how many children leve school with no GCSE or other qualifications schools do not have the time or resources to help all children. Registrars dont halp as children on ss register end up dead ones on school register no one checking on tham that poor boy diying because hes mum diyed he was on a school register this will not halp
    The pont is that home educated children are lerning better at home than at school because the schools do not have the 1 2 1 thay need and LA s do not understand the difference wich children learn
    If mecking me register my children meens i can no longer educat in a way witch is beneficial to tham because the LAs well require NC progres and send them backto a school that felled tham in lots of ways, I will
    hold the government responsible and liable for there falling education

    • 05/05/2018 at 5:05 pm

      Underlying and Overarching this “conflict”

      School-&-University Training for 40 hrs/week Careers and Jobs
      in the toweringly “pay-grade-greedy” and
      “deluded social-mobility” paper-money-ballooning-pyramid-
      ‘Home’ Education for 128 hrs/week “life-on-the-ground & in-amongst the grass-roots themselves!” Lifeplace-Enabling-Abilities –

      lies the disgracefully-malfeasant exclusion,
      Longest-Term Individual and Aggregate
      Human Development, Education, and Training, Curricula
      great lists*
      of great advances
      in Human-Developmental Knowledge and Know-How

      http://www.lifefresh.co.uk ;
      http://www.one-human-living.com ;
      http://lifefresh.net .
      You [up-there-on-high]
      as well as
      “We” [down-here-amongst both the grass-roots and the “gutters”]

      really do need to be very pro-actively and ‘no-lose’ cooperatively

      “Self-&-Civilisation Co-Sustainworthying” as a new ‘Movement’ –
      that clearcutly distinguishes and separately-practices,
      the many differences between-&-betwixt
      Training for Jobs in Workplaces
      and (very often ‘versus’)
      Education for Living-Life in Lifeplaces.

  3. Croft
    21/04/2018 at 11:12 am

    ” It has the added advantage of putting into law an assumed right to home educate. ”

    A very Roman law view of the world that you need the law to allow you to do something!

    Bill seems fair enough if toothless:

    Unless the council has powers to see a child the rest is fairly futile.

    This needs to be a UK bill (yes I appreciate the problems with that) as there is an obvious way to escape the provisions otherwise.

  4. Cathy Townshend
    21/04/2018 at 10:36 pm

    There is surely no reason why an online broadcast cannot be open to as many people as request to view it, even if time limits the number of questions which can be addressed during the meeting. Advance submission of questions should give a good idea of people’s main concerns, and the opportunity for those concerns to be addressed. You cannot claim to be offering a genuine consultation if you are restricting events like this to selected participants only.

    Given that many of those who will be affected by this bill are not, and may not wish to become, known to their Local Authorities, demanding home addresses and email contact details for the purposes of this consultation excludes those families, unless you also confirm that you will not be passing that data on to Local Authorities.

  5. R
    22/04/2018 at 12:44 am

    What a shame this has been timetabled for what is supper/bedtime for so many parents, is there a particular reason for this?

  6. Roxane
    22/04/2018 at 8:59 am

    The concern about participation in the online broadcast for the many home educators who object to your Bill is that they will be silenced and not get a fair hearing, as control of the broadcast is very much in the hands of those who set it up. Skype for Business platform, does, for example, have a mute button for the controller of the broadcast.

  7. Ali Edgley
    23/04/2018 at 12:01 am

    With respect, Lord Soley, we already know what you think about home education.

    I would be more interested in a meeting in which you ask us questions about home education, and about the Bill, and listen to our answers.

    • 24/04/2018 at 5:25 am

      … and set-afoot co-planning with “Us the Sovereign Public”
      up-to-date comprehensively future-adequate
      and on-the-ground in-implementation continuously-forwards-positivising
      ‘sweeping’Reforms ?

  8. 24/04/2018 at 6:03 pm

    The best basics still needing to be included in both School-University training and Home-education curricula, syllabus, and subject progressive modules
    are :-
    1. ‘No Lose’ Needs-&-Hows Recognition and Method lll Cooperative Problem Solving –
    (“Leader/Teacher/Parent Effectiveness Training” by Dr Thomas Gordon)

    and within that, also primarily major-focally, the
    “13 Roadblocks to Effective Communication”
    (well presented by Robert Bolton) in
    “People Skills”.

    And in facilitation thereto
    “Six Thinking Hats” (by Dr E. de Bono);
    and in clear-thinking support also
    “How To ‘Win’ Every Argument” (by Prof Madsen Pirie).;
    as does “Critical Thinking” as a wholesome-reasoning module or subject.

    2. In personal-self and wellbeing foundational and progressive lifeplace-wholeness enablement education (and co-incidental workplace ‘job-training’ skilling):-
    “The Centering Book” (by Hendricks & Wills);
    and for generic life-span lifeplace education
    “Your Body: biofeedback at its best without instruments, machinery and artificiality (by Professor Beata Jencks);
    “Creative Visualisation” (by Professor Ronald Shone)
    “Effort” (Laban & Lawrence) or “Laban For All” (Dalby & Newlove) for a complete human-body “4-pairs-of-opposites” full-basis.

    3. Principally for teachers too, and practically edifying for pupils and students to read and put-into-practice too (or instead of waiting for “teacher” or “mother” to lead),
    The individual-human-development improvement advance,
    beyond the limitations of the too-long dominating
    “Reinforcement both Positive and Negative Theory” –
    is “Perceptual Self-Control” (Professor W. Powers).
    Since many more human-developmental advances have been made, and are still being made,
    but are not being advised to the Public, nor included in Education by Governments, nor by Universities,

    { but in fact are being “avoided, concealed,
    and possibly also ‘left-behind (to – for-all-we-care – ‘rot away’)'” –

    of these both Good matters [most actually quite Excellent]
    and Bad -matters [many being “Monstrously-Corrupt and Nauseatingly-Iatrogenic-&-Malfeasant }
    many can be seen listed in not-for-profit, power nor prestige voluntarily-run e-sites http://www.lifefresh.co.uk ;
    http://www.one-human-living.com ;
    and in posts within
    http://lifefresh.net .

    Is it not also “probable” that almost every family knows one such overlooked educational life-guidance sou ?
    – which the British Establishment and/or Media needs to come-up-to-date-with and at least publish lists and supportive reviews of ?

    Many children-attending school by day also can have home-education min evening hours – and doubtless do …

  9. maude elwes
    04/05/2018 at 12:16 pm

    Thank you JSD Miles for this url. I had not seen it.


    Now here is an example of the ‘right’ government approach on the one hand whilst at the same time an idiotic solution to the problem on the other.

    One has to assume if these parents are in the dark sphere of not divulging their aims and presence, we can assume they are illegals. Otherwise, they would not need to be tracked by the police.

    Therefore, once they are apprehended the answer has to be, no access to legal aid, it has to be paid for by our taxes and we have not had an opportunity to give our permission for that by an open government at election time. We, as citizens are not party to this open door policy, now pushed at a rate of absurdity. We already have starving people who are British and our responsibility, lining up at food banks, etc.. We were not given a vote on whether or not we wanted to take in millions from other parts of the world to join these lists. In fact we were kept well and truly in the dark. Just the same way these families are now keeping themselves in that same dark.

    So, once apprehended, deport these families back to the country of origin.And if they feel they have a right to jump queues and be here, then it can be accessed from their own legal space.

    If they are not illegals and are in the dark for other reasons, what is that reason? And no matter the response to why, they too have no intention of abiding by our rules, do not want to assimilate into the community and culture of our society, then what are they doing here? Raising extremists has to be the answer. So, once again, deportation is in order. We, the public, are not financially responsible for these people. The responsibility lies with politicians who went behind their voters backs, in order to bring about an invasion of this country. And now the brown has hit the fan want us to pay for it. Once again telling us, our own can go without. The sacrifice for this deplorable situation has to be upon those in government who heralded an unacceptable and unsustainable situation. Fine them and make sure it leaves them penniless. Just the way they were and are prepared to leave us penniless, in order to take care of those who have no good intentions toward us or our civilisation. In fact, they supported and encouraged our enemies and did it for years, and are still doing it.

    If, on the other hand, they are British born indigenous people, that is a huge problem. What would be the reason they want to hide from the benefits of our society? The health service, passports, legality to tax relief and so on. Surely only something totally unacceptable to them in the education of their children would make them take such drastic steps. And again, government has to be to blame. They are now offering our families such a ridiculously low form of mass indoctrination, on a vast number of matters, whilst not addressing the true need for an all inclusive and wide curriculum. To the point where parents have to keep their children out of it as morally they cannot accept the guilt of allowing such rabid disintegration of their honest belief system. And they do this out of fear of the State. As the State will force them into submission to further their political interference by going as far as to incarcerate them. When you have reached such a lack of freedom and opposition in a country it is in severe trouble. Watch the Sound of Music.


  10. 05/05/2018 at 5:18 am

    We [“You”] really do need to go for a further “separation of powers” –

    by distinguishing between Schools’-&-Universities’
    Training-for-40hrs/week-Workplace(s) Careers and Jobs,
    All-Round Education for 128 hours-per-week Lifeplace(s) –

    and “ally” this with the other sorely-needed new-sectoral “education-&-training”
    Non-Medical Non-Pharmacological Holistic-Living-&-Health-Building –
    as contrastive with the super-costly, heavily-overloaded-and-underfit-for-purpose [and almost ‘monopolisticly-domineering’]
    NHS =
    which in-truth-on-the-real-life-ground is the
    “National Illnesses-Pharmacology-&-Hospitals Sector”.
    That “nailed-to-the-Table” –
    “Home-Education/Training ” will surely take on a different “shape”
    and a more “participatively-cooperative constitutional place”
    in our general-worldwide peacefully-revolutionary forward-moving Humankind-Advance
    “Self-&-Civilisation Co-Sustain-worthying Movement”.

  11. 09/05/2018 at 4:04 am

    A propos our
    “Egalitarianly Foundational Generic Lifeplace-Education”
    please see
    [not-for-profit, power nor prestige, altruisticly-voluntary,
    and ‘paid-out-of-our-taxes’ (which pay my pension)]

    A strategicly-higher [and ‘lower’] scrutiny-level e-site post today W090518:-

    ” “Reconnaissance-Pause” —> and Probable “Regrouping-Emergencies” “

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