A question that gets bantered about quite a bit by home educators is: 'why don't home educators get funding from the government?' or, even more commonly from non home educators: 'So do you get allowances to home educate?'. I'm yet to find one non home educator who isn't completely shocked to find out that we don't receive help financially.
Some might argue we are giving our children a private education and therefore why would we ask for funding when a private school receives none? A fair point you might say, but surely the more choice the better? What if you were home educating and the LA was involved, not so private is it? However, surely those of us wanting more help from the LA financially should be able to come to some agreement.
Here's some of my thoughts on the subject. Correct me if I'm wrong but Private schools don't get an ofsted inspection? Well, not as far as I know. So, my thinking is if those of us who are having the LA review us, as so many of us are, then surely we should be able to opt for some funding. The reason I say this is, if we are having to prove that our children are receiving an education surely it is the similar to a school ofsted report, no? They receive financial aide therefore we should? At the very least they could offer things like book vouchers, home educators public transportation passes, free exams, well, at least for the first sitting? That kind of thing. We are saving the government money with each child we keep at home after all.
I believe I read something about talks of concerns about free exams for the home educated child. That if free exams were offered to home educators then schools would feel it easier to kick out troublesome children on the grounds and that they would be able to sit exams without school. I have an idea on that one, although I'm not sure how foolproof it is. The idea is that the free exam sitting for home educators should be given to those who have been home educating for over a year at least with proof that they have a 'suitable education'. But then we have the problem that government might then want to define 'suitable education'. Mind you some people maybe more sceptical and wonder if government keep 'suitable education' undefined, they have loop holes when it suits them. Is there any feasible way to provide home educators with better funding? They will also, no doubt, mention the costs of the 'home education officers', if that's what we're to call them, but surely they don't cost as much as sending all home educated children to school? Well, I wouldn't have thought.
Anyway that's my thoughts on the subject. Please feel free to contribute your points on this subject.