A selection of education-related news stories recently.
Home Educated children – consultation
Following a significant rise in the numbers of children being home educated, and concerns around the safety of some of these children – and the robustness of the education that they are receiving – a Government consultation has been launched into a plan to create a register of children who are being educated at home. Parents would have a responsibility to register their child, if they are not attending a state school or registered private school.
Estimates suggest that at least 60,000 children are currently being home educated, and the proposals include monitoring the standard of education being received, safeguarding checks, and possible help with exam fees, and teaching resources.
Judicial Review into Special Needs spending
Several parents of children who have Special Educational Needs are taking the Government to court over the current level of special needs spending in schools. In some cases, the level of funding is only around half of what the child requires, and the school which they are attending is having to make up the shortfall, from their regular budget. The court challenge is that the government is unlawfully underfunding the education of children with special needs and disabilities, and the plaintiffs have won the right to have the government’s funding policy examined in a judicial review in June.
You can find out more in the Guardian’s article.
Rogue student landlords warned ‘time is up’
Unscrupulous landlords who provide sub-standard accommodation, for students, and others, have been warned that their time is up, and they face being taken to court, in new measures being announced by the Universities Minister Chris Skidmore. This is particularly an issue for students, with a high percentage reporting vermin, mould and damp in their accommodation, affecting their studies, and health – both mental and physical. New regulations will make landlords more accountable, and reduce the incidences of students and other tenants being exploited, and forced to live in poor quality housing.
The Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 came into force in March, and aims to improve rental home standards in the social and private sectors, and will allow tenants to hold their landlords to account if their properties pose health and safety risks.