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So, what should we do about the latest? Is it a good option to send notice to our representatives, in parliament as a whole via our MPs, or just to our individual MPs, to let them know that we are not taking this; that there is a movement of non co-operation with these measures arising from the Badman Report should they be carried through, by sending them our declaration, statement or notice of personal non co-operation?


table of contents:


Parents Declaration:


If you wish to make your stand clear, you can sign up to our Parents' Declaration You can copy this into a document to send to your MP, if you wish, to indicate your position.


Other statements

(of non co-operation with laws arising from the Badman Review recommendations)


1. To a Labour MP:






I have answered your government's questions many times over. What I ask is wholly reasonable. If you cannot answer my ten questions clearly and satisfactorily - and you cannot give me cast iron guarantees - then I have to make this declaration:


I cannot give you a cast iron guarantee that I will, in good conscience, be able to co-operate with this proposed legislation, should it be enacted.


This means that I, and many other principled parents like me will:


i. Cause our local authority to incur significant costs in terms of time and other resources in order to accommodate our requirements and defend actions as and when they arise, and/or


ii. Be forced to break the law in order to do what is best for our children and protect them from harm.


9. Is it right for home educating parents to divert significant resources away from the most vulnerable children who are already failed by overstretched services?


10. Is it right for parents to be criminalised for doing what is best for their children and protecting them from harm?


The Suggested Declaration to Parliament:






Following the Queen's speech this notice is rapidly making the rounds. You can register your protest directly with parliament. A refusal to co-operate could mean anything from a range of options starting with small actions right up to refusal to obey their law. Each family or person will make their own choices about how they prefer to withdraw co-operation.


Notice of refusal to co-operate 


This is urgent, and requires active participation by all Home Educators. Please read and forward to all Home Educators and Home Ed lists that you belong to.


This act is not in competition with or an attack against any Home educated person or Home Education organisation.  OUR STRENGTH IS NOT ONLY IN OUR CONVICTIONS IT IS ALSO IN OUR NUMBERS.


The Badman recommendations have generated a great deal of fear within the Home Education community; but the threat is an illusion. Their power over us is based on our own fear.


This is a declaration to parliament, putting them on notice that they should not add the recommendations of the Graham Badman Report into new law, and that we will not co-operate with any such law should they dare to enact it.


If you agree with what it says, select all the text between the dividers, copy the text to a new document, print it, sign it or otherwise make your mark on it, and then send it to your MP. Then forward this entire message to any Home Educators and parents that you know and urge them to do the same. You may disseminate this public notice to anyone and any place you think will help it gain momentum.


Whether you are involved in any other initiative makes no odds. Use this to deluge your MPs and show them once and for all that we are united!


To find your MP's address use this site: http://www.theyworkforyou.com/


Notice of Refusal to Co-operate




WHEREAS the recommendations of the GRAHAM BADMAN REVIEW OF ELECTIVE HOME EDUCATION have been accepted in full by the Secretary of State.


AND that these grossly disproportionate recommendations hold serious implications for the civil liberties of parents, children and families in this country.


AND that these recommendations place primary responsibility for assessing the suitability of education and the welfare of the child on the state, rather than the parent - with no prior evidence that either is unsatisfactory prior to this grossly intrusive intervention.


AND that the recommendations of the review assumes that the home is an inherently unsafe or unhealthy place for the child to be.


AND that these recommendations undermine the role of the parent and trample over family freedoms in its haste to set parent and child up against each other, bestowing additional and selective "rights" on home educated children that only the government can adequately minister to.


AND that these recommendations destroy the very possibility of true autonomy in learning.


AND that these recommendations operate from a position of requiring proof of parental innocence rather than reasonable suspicion of guilt.


AND that these recommendations discriminatorily use the coercive and interventionist tools of parental licensing, warrantless entry to the home, inspection according to arbitrary external standards, and an unconscionable new power to interrogate the child without the parents present.


AND that the outcome of these recommendations will be horribly discriminatory to a minority community, the measures eventually having to apply to anyone who has their child at home with them: parents with under 5s, those whose children attend private school, and also those with school-aged children who are at home in the evenings, over the weekends, and throughout the summer holidays.


AND that the outcome of these inspections will be based on the very human whim and prejudices of a local authority officer, who will have the power to destroy the life and education that that parent has conceived for his or her child.


AND that if the government is to avoid further discrimination it also stands to reason that each child who attends school must be given the same "rights" as home educated children - to "have their voices heard" regarding whether or not they are happy to be educated in school, whether they are satisfied with their teachers and whether they feel safe in such an environment.


WE ACCEPT that it is right that appropriate and proportionate action, as currently outlined in the law, may be taken to rectify a situation if there are serious concerns about a child's welfare, observing that a child being at home with its parents is not, and never has been, in and of itself a child welfare issue.


AND HEREBY RESOLVE that any such utterly disproportionate legislation if passed will fundamentally alter the relationship between citizen and state, and would constitute a fundamental violation of our rights,


AND that any such legislation is illegitimate on its face.


NOW UNDERSTAND that by this declaration, Parliament is PUT ON NOTICE that I and others will not co-operate with any such legislation, and strongly caution you not to consider, debate, or enact any such legislation.


Signed _______________________________



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