PLEASE READ THE BILL AND SHARE IT ON SOCIAL MEDIA
Below is the link to the new school bill that the government want to make law. If you do not read this and try stopping it, then you will regret the day it comes into force.
As a parent myself in Wales, I can’t see if this is for the whole of Great Britain or just England. It does keep saying England but we must still fight this bill for our English children.
The government are trying to slip bill after bill through whilst we are distracted with Russia and Ukraine, China and Taiwan and Covid and MonkeyPox ( Which has now been called racist 🙈🙈 I really would love to interview the sad person who thinks up these things. )
EVERY PARENT with a child under 18 and in full-time education, whether via school or home education NEEDS TO READ THE SCHOOLS BILL IN FULL.
Do not just read the glossed over introduction on the gov website, it is perfectly worded to make it seem positive.
Currently in the UK our rights include the right to make sure that our children are recieving a full time education that suits their aptitude, abilities and needs.,
The new Schools Bill, if it becomes law, will affect every parent’s rights long term. Once you have lost rights in law, it is almost impossible to get them back. You have to fight it beforehand. Yet most parents are not aware that they are about to lose some very fundamental parental rights.
For an example, one of your legal rights as parents in the UK, is that if your child has SEND or bullying issues at school, you can make the choice to withdraw them to home educate them, send them to another school if you prefer, and you have other routes and choices you can go down. You can visit schools and speak to SEND specialists, all before making your choices. This is just one tiny example.
Under the new bill, if you decide to home educate, you will need to obtain consent from the school your child is registered at. You may then get local authority staff who are not trained in education or SEND, assessing your child’s learning, well-being and development. The local authority will have the power to decide, at a moment’s notice, that your child must return to school, and they may send them to an inadequate school of their choosing, where your child’s needs may not be met, and from which they will not be allowed to be withdrawn by you.
If the Schools Bill becomes law, your rights, as parents, will be removed from you and given to the government. You will no longer have any control over your child’s education.
The Schools Bill is being advertised as a bill only targeting those ‘missing education’. However, if you read the actual document, you may well feel outraged! You do need to read it thoroughly though. To not read it, would mean to blindly accept that the government knows what is best for your child and you do not.
Please read the Schools Bill and do what you can to fight it. Write to your MP. Find out who your local peers/members of the House of Lords are and write to them. The Lords are generally very nice, friendly and approachable people! As their job is to hold the elected government to account, you will be helping them to do their job!
The Schools Bill does not just target home educators, travellers, those living nonadically etc as most of the public have been led to believe. It will affect any child under 18, including yours.
Do you have a child who is sick or poorly a lot? This bill will affect you.
Do you have a child who has mental health issues and is too anxious or depressed to attend school at times? This bill will affect you.
Have you had a bereavement in the family, and your child wants to attend the funeral or needs some time off to grieve and process things? This bill will affect you.
Do you have a child with undiagnosed or unmet special or additional educational needs? This bill will affect you.
Is your child being severely and persistently bullied or socially ostracized at school, to the extent that it’s affecting their physical health, mental health and well-being? This bill will affect you.
To put it bluntly, if you have a child, this bill will affect you.
How much control do you want the government to have over your parenting choices? We all parent differently, depending upon our lifestyles and communities, our cultures and traditions, yet the government clearly want to put in place a standardised parenting style with little to no wiggle room.
All children need to be safeguarded, but this is not the way to do it. Your children may soon become wards of the state, because soon you will have very few parental rights left.
Please educate yourselves, because it is so hard watching those around us willingly allowing their rights as parents, actually as human beings, to be stripped away because a document is too much effort to read and understand. Its just easier to go along with the crowd, the status quo, and accept that the government must know what’s best for our children and our families.
Every parent should read and know this bill inside out, every grandparent, every aunt and uncle, every guardian, every older sibling. You have a duty of care to your families to understand what you are non-verbally agreeing to by allowing this bill to just pass you by. These are fundamental rights that are being stripped from UK citizens. Do not sleepwalk into something that you have not read and do not understand.
The words of Martin Niemoller come to mind: “Then they came for … and I did not speak out”.