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Monday 1 October 2007
Libby Purves presents this week's edition of the Learning Curve.
HOME EDUCATION The number of UK parents choosing to by-pass the education system completely and educate their children at home appears to be rising. But who checks and inspects the nature and quality of the resulting teaching these children are provided with?
Libby Purves hears how certain local authorities believe they’ve been landed with the responsibility but not the power when it comes to home-educated children.
Joining Libby in the studio is Lyn and three of her five children, Rosie, Rory and George. Lyn has been home educating her children for several years now.
Reporter Kathleen Griffin visits a recent Home Education Fair in London and speaks to other parents who’ve recently taken the decision to home educate their children.
Also joining Libby is Fiona Nicholson, a home educating parent and Chair of the Education Otherwise’s Government Policy Group; and Myra Robinson, oversees home-educating families for a north of England education authority.
On Tuesday 9th October at 9pm, Teachers TV broadcasts We Don’t Go To School, exploring why so many parents choose to educate their children at home and the impact this can have on the children:.
SCHOOL TWINNING Libby discusses School Twinning with Sharon Leftwich, teacher and the Internationalism and Development Education Co-ordinator at Polesworth International Language College in Tamworth, Staffordshire. Sharon has recently received an MA in International Linking.
RELIGION When Monkseaton Community High School became the country’s first trust school in September 2007, the school’s headmaster seized the opportunity to attempt to phase out the ethnically-mixed school’s daily collective act of worship. The UK government would not permit this change.
Monkseaton head Dr Paul Kelley joins Libby Purves to discuss his decision and the implications of compulsory religious worship in schools.