We have just (read JUST, during breakfast, with all the children semi-dressed for an outing and me nursing the baby and grit on the floor and toys everywhere) had our first contact with the LEA - IN MY LIVING ROOM! THE BLASTED CHEEKY WOMAN WAS IN MY LIVING ROOM!!
Yes, I have since informed well meaning hubby that they have no right of entry and that he could have asked her to write a letter.
The blasted cheek. "It's education welfare, I need to come in and have a word with you about Jenna." :o :o Grr...
Also, she told us that they "hear about these things in several ways" - what, so someone has reported us for homeschooling?? I nearly pressed her to reveal how she came to be visiting us, but on the whole it seemed wise to just get it over with and get her out asap. I only just decided NOT to engage with the LEA, precisely because of potential unwanted visits like this in the wake of the Badman review.
She is personal friends with Mr Badman, and resented my opposition to the recommendations (rather than being heartened that I'd heard of it and was actively involved with recognised homeschooling movements ie I was ACTUALLY educating otherwise rather than just not bothering). We were also read the riot act about if she found anything wrong (!) and school attendance orders (!) and her being there as an advocate for the children (!!!) so you will be quite proud of me for not throwing her out.
Or maybe that would have been a better way to go.
That tongue biting episode is over but apparently we WILL be getting a visit from a teacher to talk about appropriate provision and what we ought to be doing with Jenna at her age. Yeah right, if anyone else turns up without first having cleared it with me and demonstrated themselves considerably more pleasant than the first person, they will NOT be meeting my children. How DARE they?
They've disrupted our Yule preparations, turned up on a flippin School holiday ANYWAY, come in under false pretenses as far as I can see, not to mention how insulted I feel by the stupid inane conversation and the nodding and smiling at total misrepresentation of the legal facts... OK I pointed out the untruths once or twice but she just nodded earnestly and said, "I DO see what you're saying, and I agree, but you see, I have to be an advocate for the children"...
Right, that has ruined MY day. :(