Local Authority

Update from Open Meeting for Home Educators

Shared with permission from Anita Linsdell (DMBC):

Access to Childrens Centre

I met with Bridget Lewis yesterday.  Bridget is the Service Manager of Integrated Family Support Services and one of her responsibilities is for the Children’s Centres.  Bridget is keen for you to be able to use the Children’s Centres and to have a positive relationship with home educators.  If you use the centres you will need to register.  As an Ofsted regulated facility the Childrens Centre has to be able to evidence what the centre is being used for and the impact of this.  Bridget is going to have a look at the timetables for Intake and Central Childrens Centres to see which days are available and then she will arrange for her or one of her managers to meet with you.

Music Service

Paul Davies (Head of Hub) and Helen Jones (DARTS) are meeting with some of you on 9th June at 2pm at the Point, to discuss access to services

Exam Centres

Fiona Nicholson ( http://edyourself.org )  has connected me with Andrew Harland from the Examinations Officers Association.  Briefly, if you want to set up an independent exam centre for next year, you/we need to be meeting with him at the beginning of July, to start planning.  If you would like to ask him anything directly his email address (held on file, please Contact Us for details).  If we have enough interest, I would be happy to arrange a meeting.

Kind regards

Anita Linsdell
Service Manager – Attendance and Pupil Welfare
Doncaster Council
Floor 3
The Civic Building
Waterdale
Doncaster
DN1 3BU

Tel: 01302 737235

Updated Home Ed pages at Doncaster Council

Doncaster Council have updated their pages relating to home education and are welcoming feedback.  There is also the opportunity to join the consultation network (essentially an e-mailing list for any news regarding home-education and the local authority) on the page.

http://www.doncaster.gov.uk/sections/educationandlearning/pupilandparentinformation/attendanceandwelfare/Elective_Home_Education.aspx