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Old 07-10-12, 06:52
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Posting this link here to keep the Welsh Ass con stuff together. Look who has crawled out from under his stone.

Open the door to list of home educators, says expert

Badman's only 'expertise' is in alienating an entire minority community. He can't even count. Nor should he be chucking stones around glass houses. Then there was that daughter of his who was cast as agent provocateur to infiltrate the HE community. There was also the family educational consultancy Nektus (which seemed to be set up in anticipation of compulsory registration for HE) whose communications with the then govt were apparently too sensitive to be revealed following a legitimate FOI request.

Why exactly can't any of these 'experts' understand the law and why it is as it is? Providing education is a parental duty and is the default model. School is an easy option for parents who choose to delegate their children's care. The law also provides for the state to intervene in the event that parents fail to fulfil their responsibilities. Not that they do a terribly good job either.

What next? Permission to copulate, go vegetarian, convert to Christianity, travel outside your local area?

Papiere, bitte! (Welsh translation?)

P.S. There should be another article in TES Scotland today, hooked on to the Welsh situation and no doubt giving the usual suspects a platform to vent their bigotry.
I would put money on this 'Nektus consultancy' being the controlling influence behind this campaign against HE. If compulsory registration, and all that money that would flow from that, is achieved then Nektus would have a market monopoly on advice to Government. Just think how lucrative that would be!
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Old 07-10-12, 11:50
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You are probably right, Mayfly. He is a loathsome beast, isn't he?
Anyone else found either totally incompetent or falsifying statistics would be penalised but not our old pal.

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Maybe we should go digging around Companies House again?

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Maybe we should go digging around Companies House again?

I think that is an excellent idea.

My experience is that behind every politician is a civil servant. But, these days, behind the civil servant is a consultant. The consultant makes his crust by creating problems that don't exist and then devising solutions which will make him wealthy. In the case of Graham Badman there is a huge market to capture. If he can convince just one of the British jurisdictions to regulate home education then the others will follow suit. He is trading on fear - the fear that he can instill into a civil servant that, without regulation, he may be hung, drawn and quartered if there is ever a child protection issue with a home education family on his watch. As we know, this a non issue because, as was said to the Education Committee, all Serious Case Reviews that involved a home educating family were cases which were already under multi agency surveillance.

The market that Badman will have his eye on is the 174 Local Education Authorities in England and Wales. He could supply each one with a training course on monitoring home educating families. Then there are training manuals, and training manual updates ad infinitum.

To put this in perspective, a set of Children's Services manuals for a local council costs circa 30,000. Think of that in terms of home education manuals for LEA's and you have an easy market worth over 5 million just for starters.

There is some information about NEKTUS here:

NEKTUS LTD
http://www.companiesintheuk.co.uk/ltd/nektus

Look at the directors:
  1. MRS SUSAN LYNN BADMAN
  2. MRS SALLY JANE DEVLIN
  3. MR JAMES RICHARD DEVLIN
  4. GRAHAM MICHAEL BADMAN
  5. MRS SALLY JANE DEVLIN
  6. MR JAMES RICHARD DEVLIN
  7. MRS SUSAN LYNN BADMAN
  8. MRS SALLY JANE DEVLIN

Monitoring home education is potentially big business for this company. So it strikes me that this is where the agenda might really lie. And that's an important point to consider because I am not aware of any academic papers that argue for monitoring home education. There are certainly no evidence based concerns.

We are dealing with little more than a commercially inspired witch hunt.
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They go in for nepotism in a big way, don't they?

Ms. Devlin is Badman's daughter, I believe.

Mrs. Susan Badman is presumably his wife.

I would guess Mr. James Richard Devlin is his son-in-law.

All set for the home educating gravy train boys and girls?

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Four thousAnd five hundred and two pounds and forty five pence is the amount entered in harringey.gov.UK's monthly accounts for November 2011 as being paid to Nektus ltd

http://www.haringey.gov.uk/november_...xpenditure.pdf

Not only is it a sizable monthly sum but leaves me wondering just where responsibility lays if top dogs in children's services are not actually employees of the council .....
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On an entirely different subject can anyone recall a gov minister saying something about tax avoidance being Erm..
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I had a look at a couple of other months and found them twice out of three, for roughly similar sums.
The size of some of the payments is enormous! Lots of 'small' sums for temporary accomodation etc at the bottom...
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And graham Badman doesn't feature in becta's accounts but Nektus does
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http://www.official-documents.gov.uk.../0972/0972.pdf
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Quite handy to be able to earn vast sums that would normally attract high taxation and convert the money VIA a company owed by your family .... not that I am suggesting that happens..
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I thought I'd have a look at Edinburgh, just to see what they posted. Look here: http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/info/695..._and_figures/2
No detail but 40% on children and families and another 18% on social care... Plenty room for the Nektuses of this world...
Could not find Nektus in Birmingham - or York but the latter are hard to read.
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My letter to the Western Mail has been published today in full:

http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/le...1466-32031401/

It should provoke a response - hopefully from politicians!
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