On May 16 2023 MP Flick Drummond introduced a Private Members Bill to make a new law for registering children not in school. This is not a government initiative which is to say it is not a public bill. Rather, as the name suggests, it comes from an individual Member of Parliament.
Private Members Bills have to go through a prescribed number of stages in both Houses of Parliament and for Private Members Bills these debates can only take place on specific Fridays between certain dates before time runs out at the end of the parliamentary session. (A session is a single parliamentary year whereas a parliamentary term is the time from one General Election to the next, in theory 5 years)
DECEMBER 2022: THE SCHOOLS BILL HAS BEEN DROPPED. THERE IS CURRENTLY NO MECHANISM IN LAW TO INTRODUCE ANY OF THE PROPOSALS OUTLINED BELOW. READ MORE HERE
On May 23rd 2022 peers debated the Schools Bill in the House of Lords. For home educators the focus is on Part 3, the Children Not in School [CNIS] Register. This post unpacks what was said about other elements of Part 3 and also Part 4 of the Bill as sometimes these become confused. The Bill has only just begun going through Parliament. It started in the House of Lords where it will go through a number of stages before starting the same process in the House of Commons.