THE parents of a child actor who starred in the West End musical Matilda have been ordered to send their daughter to school by 7 March – or face jail.
Edward Hardy and his wife Eileen Tracy home-school 12-year-old Lilian Hardy, who played Matilda last year. Their local authority, Westminster Council, says she must attend school because the parents have refused to meet with a home education adviser to check on Lilian’s progress. Instead, they gave the council examples of Lilian’s work. The council says that isn’t enough.
A council spokesman said they “respect the rights of parents to home educate”. He went on to say that parents have a choice to either meet with the adviser or provide statements by education professionals (such as a teacher) that show the child is learning well. Lilian’s parents have refused to do this.
If Lilian isn’t sent to school by this Thursday, her parents could face a fine. They say they won’t pay it, which could lead to a jail sentence.