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    My ex and i have home educated our daughter however after he split from me this went downhill. I was doing nearly all of the educating, ensuring she was socialised and working full time. This got to breaking point for me as I couldn’t keep this up hoiwever I lasted 18 months. For the last 6 months he has been doing some home education and putting structure into our daughters day (finally). Before this happened he agreed that we should apply for a school place for her as home education wasn’t working. I have finally managed to gte her a place and he does not want to send her as he fears her bringing back Covid and infecting him and his family.

    I really think school is now the best place for our daughter as she needs not only the learning but the social side, working in teams, conflict resolution etc. It’s the whole package and she is not seeing anyone when she is with him.

    She is due to start school on Monday. I am aware I can just take her however when he has her he won’t take her to school. I don’t want to lose the place as he wouldn’t take her anywhere else as he doesn’t drive and won’t use the bus to take her to school.

    I don’t know what to do now other than go through legal channels and look at a specific issues order. Any ideas about things that can be done before this stage?

    Any help is gratefully received.

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    I think the starting point is that your daughter has a right to an education that’s not half baked, also the opportunity to meet friends and make a social network to support her through what appears to be a challenging separation of her parents.
    I’m not suggesting that The home education was always half baked but it sounds like (understandably) that you’re now struggling to work full time and manage your side of the responsibility in home educating your child.
    many parents worry in the current climate about kids bringing Covid home but Covid isn’t going to go away and we need to learn alongside it. I think in your position I would take your daughter along to school and let your husband make the application to school/court to vary the full time position at school. I forget the term they use for partial home/school Ed, if the school don’t agree then that’s that. If school want her in full time and he doesn’t take her then it will be reported as non attendance and managed as such. I don’t think you have anything to worry about but your husband may regarding his contact if he doesn’t act in the best interests of his child

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