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.
Staffordshire County Council's Beliefs
Staffordshire Cares website has been re-launched include information and advice to help people of all ages manage with everyday worries and plan for the future.
Staffordshire Cares contains a lot of information about online safety, and we know that this is a main concern of parents, and is very topical. Our campaign, 'Step Up to Online Safety,' is designed to raise awareness of the dangers that children as young as 5 years old can face, challenging parents talk to their children about their online life, and give them the tools and knowledge they need to help keep their children safe.
The six week campaign starts on Safer Internet Day (tomorrow 11th February) and will run primarily through digital and social media (including a live Twitter chat and link up with the UK Safer Internet Centre on Tuesday night) and the media, and will drive people to the website www.staffordshirecares.info/stepup where they'll be able to link into the advice given by the Staffordshire Children's Safeguarding Board, the UK Safer Internet Centre and government websites such as www.thinkuknow.co.uk
Pilot Consultation Documentation - Staffordshire Local Authority
At the last Elective Home Education consultation meeting held on Wednesday, 8 January, 2014, at Cannock Community Fire Station, it was decided to put together some questions to gain feedback on the Elective Home Education pilot documentation. Please see below the link to access the survey.
Survey Monkey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Z76ZX2T
We value your comments and would be grateful if you could take a few minutes to complete this survey. There is also the opportunity to enter a free prize draw.
The closing date for comments is 31 January, 2014.
The next consultation meeting will be held on Wednesday, 12 February, 2014, 10.30 am to 12.30 pm at Cannock Community Fire Station, Old Hednesford Road, Cannock, WS11 6LD.
The pilot documents are available below.
Information for Parents (855 kb)
EHE Letter 1 (89 kb)
Record of Information (129 kb)
Record of Information (424 kb)
School Exit Information (104 kb)
School Exit Information (549 kb)
Concerns Letter (72 kb)
EHE Procedures (263 kb)
The National Citizens Service
I am writing to inform you of the exciting opportunities which are available for your young people in school years 11 and 12 during school holidays. The National Citizens Service (NCS) is a government-funded programme providing a once in a lifetime opportunity for all 16-17 year olds, regardless of income, ability, educational attainment or ambition. NCS brings young people from different backgrounds together in a common purpose. It equips them to make a difference and helps them discover the depths of their talents and the scale of their potential.
The Summer 2014 Programme is broken down into six phases.
Phase One: It all starts with a yes! Contact our office on 01785 841741 to express an interest.
Phase Two: A five day residential trip away where they will participate in outdoor activities such rock climbing and team building games.
Phase Three: A five day stay at local university halls or hotels where they will learn more about the community and other vital new skills.
Phase Four: Young people design a project to help a local charity or cause of their choice.
Phase Five: Young people then spend 30 hours delivering their project.
Graduation: Young people graduate in an awards ceremony and receive a certificate signed by the Prime Minister.
Phase Six: Young People are encouraged to continue working in the community. Also there are opportunities within NCS for graduates.
The programme is highly commended by employers and on UCAS applications. The programme is valued at £1500 per young person however after government funding young people only have to pay £50 for the entire project. There are discounts and bursaries available for young people should they require them. As the programme takes place during summer holidays it will not interfere with exam studies or revision.
I have attached a video which gives a brief teacher overview of our programme http://vimeo.com/79138115. For more information visit www.ncsyes.co.uk.
If you would like more information please contact me via the email below or via phone.
NCS Regional Engagement Administrator - West Midlands
The NCS Network
Tel: 01785 841741
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 UN 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.
- 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 AlliancePage
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