Home-schooling and local authority registration

This time last year, the Department for Education issued a call for evidence on elective home education in England – education being a devolved matter. The consultation document addressed two main areas: the possible registration of children who are being educated at home, and the possibility of local authorities monitoring educational provision for children in their areas in elective home education. The DfE estimates that about 60,000 children are currently being home-schooled in England.

The possibility of compulsory registration was particularly controversial; however, the Government appears to have concluded that a register should be introduced nevertheless. Continue reading