Parents who teach their own children at home must undergo criminal records checks, say Government education inspectors.Be honest, who didn’t see this coming?
The estimated 40,000 parents who choose not to send their children to school should be vetted, says Ofsted.More work (and therefore staff and resources and buildings…) for Ofsted! Who could have predicted they’d go for that…?
Apart from everyone, that is.
It said that parents whose records throw up suspicions should be barred from teaching their own children.‘Suspicions’. That’s all it takes in the
Vetting to root out any record of violence against children would be by the Criminal Records Bureau.And the natural consequence of this is…?
It would reveal to local authorities parents’ criminal convictions, cautions and warnings, and even information that did not lead to a criminal conviction.
It would also show any unproven complaints noted by the controversial new Independent Safeguarding Authority, set up to vet adults working with other people’s children.
You guessed it:
Parents who fail the checks could also find themselves receiving attention from child protection social workers.Well done, Balls. You opened the door to this.
The proposal brought fierce protests from family campaigners.Well, yes. Don’t think this hasn’t occurred to them.
Norman Wells of the Family Education Trust said: ‘It is sheer madness for Ofsted to suggest that parents should be required to undergo CRB checks to be with their children between the hours of 9am and 3pm from Monday to Friday during term-time.
‘If it is deemed unsafe for children to be with their parents during normal school hours, it is equally unsafe for them to be with their parents in the evenings, at weekends and during the school holidays.’
‘If Ofsted are calling for CRB checks for home-educating parents now, how long will it be before they are demanding that all parents are CRB-checked? ’About a week, I’d say…
Robert Whelan of the Civitas think-tank said: ‘You can no longer be a parent without a piece of paper from the state. This is a monstrous idea and it shows the danger of taking things to logical extremes.’There’s a reason they call it a ‘slippery slope’, Robert…
And why am I blaming this Balls-up on Balls, rather than over-zealous civil servants at Ofsted?
Well, here’s the smoking gun:
A Bill from Children’s Secretary Ed Balls already backs the idea of a home-schooling registration scheme where parents must set out a curriculum and allow town hall officials to inspect their homes.And from that little acorn…