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Elective home education overview

Cancellation of GCSE examinations and how this will affect private candidates and home educated students? 

We are aware that many of you have a child or children who may have been due to take exams this summer and may be feeling confused about how the cancellation of exams will affect them. Please read the information below which has been taken from a document recently issued by Ofqual (The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation)

For those students taking GCSE’s, we would recommend that you contact the exam centre to enquire if your child will need to take the exams in the Autumn term and whether their current registration will be valid at that time. 

Information regarding electively home educated children taken from Guidance Summer 2020 grades for GCSE, AS and A level, Extended Project Qualification and Advanced Extension Award in maths Guidance for teachers, students, parents and carers

We know that private candidates are anxious to know how these arrangements apply to them. Where centres have accepted entries from private candidates (students who they have not taught themselves, because they have been home-schooled, following distance-learning programmes or studying independently) those students should be included where the Head of Centre is confident that they and their staff have seen sufficient evidence of the student’s achievement to make an objective judgement. We are urgently exploring whether there are alternative options for those students who do not have an existing relationship with a centre and who need results this summer for progression purposes but unfortunately this is unlikely to be possible for all external candidates, some of whom may instead need to take exams in the autumn to get their grades.

We appreciate that this is a matter of real concern to private candidates and will provide an update as soon as possible. We have asked organisations that represent higher and further education providers to consider the steps that providers could take when making admissions decisions this summer for any private candidates who do not receive a grade. They have told us that they believe that institutions will consider a range of other evidence and information for these students to allow them to progress wherever possible. 

Welcome to this on-line advice and support tool for parents who are either considering educating their child(ren) at home or for those parents looking for useful links.

The law clearly states that parents/carers are responsible for ensuring that their child or children receive a full-time education ensuring that every child is receiving an education suitable to his or her age, aptitude and ability and to any special educational needs (SEN) he or she may have, by regular attendance at a school or otherwise. The vast majority of parents/carers send their children to school.  There are, however, a small minority who elect to educate their children otherwise than at school i.e. at home. Staffordshire County Council respects the rights of these parents/carers to educate their children at home.

Convention on the Rights of the child

Who is responsible for the Convention in the Government?

All parts of government have a responsibility to learn about, promote and implement the Convention. The Department for Children, Schools and Families co-ordinates the Government's report to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child. Beverley Hughes MP, the Minister for Children, Young People and Families, has lead responsibility within the UK Government for the Convention.

Article 29

  • Governments agree that the aim of education is to help the fullest possible growth of the child's or young person's personality, talents and mental and physical abilities.

Education must help children and young people:

  • respect human rights
  • respect their parents
  • respect their and others' culture, language and values
  • have self respect
  • respect the environment
  • Find out more from the Childrens Rights Alliance

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