Monthly Archives: May 2022

Home Education in the House of Lords Today

We can expect home education to be mentioned in the House of Lords today [23.5.22] because it is the second reading of the Schools Bill which is proposing a register of children not in school, to include home educated children. The Schools Bill has started in the Lords rather than the House of Commons so this is the very beginning of the process of turning these proposals into law. The go-to page for seeing how a bill becomes law is here My introductory page on registration proposals in the Schools Bill is here

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School Attendance Orders FAQ Part 2

This blog post is intended to be read alongside the information on my website and the blog posts from earlier in the week about the compulsory registration of children not in school (which some people are calling the home education register because it includes home educated children). If you are starting this post without having seen those three earlier pages, then it will probably raise all kinds of questions and I would really recommend going back to learn more about the context.
Just to recap, yesterday’s post said that the government is proposing to require parents to notify the local authority if their school-age children are not on the roll of a registered school and that if parents don’t register with the local authority after this becomes law – WHICH WILL TAKE AT LEAST A YEAR AS IT HAS ONLY JUST STARTED GOING THROUGH PARLIAMENT – they will get a School Attendance Order notice. Yesterday’s post provided the basic information about School Attendance Orders and this post is FAQ Part 2.

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School Attendance Orders and Compulsory Registration FAQ

The government is proposing to introduce – via the Schools Bill – a requirement on parents to notify the local authority if their school-age children are not on the roll of a registered school. Some of these children will be home educated or may be going to something which the parents consider to be a school but is not a registered school. (Not all schools are required to register, which is another story) Other children may just not have a school place and should be on a local authority list already but I believe the requirement to register will still apply.

I am getting a lot of questions about what the government is proposing by way of sanctions or penalties if at some point in the future parents don’t comply with the requirement to register. The short answer is School Attendance Orders but as is so often the case, the short answer is not the simple answer, so I have put together this FAQ.

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Children Not in School Register (England)

On May 11th 2022 the government set out proposals for the compulsory registration of children not in school (sometimes wrongly referred to as a “home education register”.) For those wondering exactly what – and how much – information might be included on the register the Fact Sheet (also referred to as a Policy Statement or Policy Briefing) which the government published alongside the Schools Bill has some illuminating – and alarming – details.

Here are some key extracts from the Fact Sheet plus my comments.

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