DfE urged to toughen up home education plans

tes | July 17, 2019

The Department for Education’s plans to create a compulsory register for home-educated children risk failing to protect children unless councils are given the power to enter homes, councils have said. The Local Government Association issued the warning as the DfE rejected councils' pleas to have greater oversight over home-schooled children, following a consultation over proposals for a register. The LGA said it welcomed the register – which the DfE announced in April – but is calling on the government to give councils the funding and powers to enter homes and premises where a child is being home-schooled and speak to them. The Association of Directors of Children’s Services estimates there are 57,873 home-educated children across 152 local authorities in England. In some instances, children who are said to be home-schooled are actually attending illegal schools. Ofsted estimates there are at least 6,000 children being educated in such settings, which evade inspections that ensure the safety and quality of education for children.

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