The LA: Love them or Loath Them?

Updated: Sep 21, 2021

When I first started homeschooling, like many before me, I joined as many Facebook groups as possible, eager to listen to well-seasoned home ed parents, and to understand my rights and responsibilities. The first thing that stood out to me, was the fear and apprehension many parents faced as they awaited their 'dreaded' letter or email from the Local Authority, but more obviously, the apparent discontentment individuals felt towards the LA.

Just reading some of the advice and stories made me start to dread the day my Local Authority would get in touch. I geared myself for a fight. But a fight was not what I got...not from the LA anyway, but surprisingly, from other home educators eager to tell me what they thought of my decision to pass on information to the LA. Here's what I did (be kind, I'm entitled to do as I like just as you are, everyone's decision has to be personal to them).