Hi, We have refused to let the LEA visit or show them any work (we may show them a stack of paper or flick through without giving them the chance to actually read anything at some point). Our LEA come across a bit heavy handed, I wrote a letter exlaining what there obligations actually were, then the OH put it langague that wouldn’t cause offence - I was blunt boardering on direct We then sent them an educational philoshopy expaling how we were going educate, what our long term goals were and why we would not be showing them any work or letting them into the house. One of the main reasons we took M (just turned 9 been out for nearly a year) was the pressure from school to perform and confrom and meet target, M is very hard on himself and his self critism is quite destructive so we refuse to allow anyone who will evaluate is work see it and he knows that what ever he does it is for himself and no-one else will judge it - he still has unreasitic expectations of himself but we are working on it. This was why we will not let an authority figure into the house or look at his work - we have offered to meet them without the kids at the offices.
We wrote the educational philosophy so it fulfiled the ‘every child matters’ agender and was in line with the establishment aims for education, fulfil potential, futher education if he wants it, etc etc so they really couldn’t argue with our long term goals (I trained to be a secondary teacher before quiting as I decided school was as hateful as I remembered it from being 15). I think that helped, plus we refused to speak to anyone other than the head of the department after one of them dropped by (when we were out at a home ed group) and left a card with a snotty note saying we had missed an arranged visit and impling we better be in next time, we were already cross at the tone of the first letter and the implications in it that thier remit when far beyond what it actually did.
Hmm we can be quite beligant and stubbon when we set out minds to it, the the OH has kept me in check enough that I haven’t sworn at them yet
And they have not been back in contact since we sent the Educational Philosiphy in