Operating the Independent School Regulatory System

Consultation on drafts of advice for schools on independent school standards, and policy statement on regulatory and enforcement action, and regulations relating to the provision of information by independent schools.

This consultation seeks comments on drafts versions of two documents which the Department for Education (DfE) proposes to publish:

a. advice for schools on the independent school standards; and

b. a policy statement on regulatory and enforcement action taken by the department for independent schools not meeting those standards.

It also seeks comments on draft revised regulations governing information required of independent schools, and those wishing to register such schools.

Tue, 05 Jun 2018 11:45

Integrated Communities Strategy green paper

The Integrated Communities Strategy green paper invites views on the government's vision for building strong integrated communities where people – whatever their background – live, work, learn and socialise together, based on shared rights, responsibilities and opportunities.

The policy document includes references to faith groups and faith schools.

See: Government integration strategy places emphasis on faith groups for more info.

Tue, 05 Jun 2018 11:45

Elective home education: call for evidence

The government is considering introducing a compulsory register of home-educated children and issuing a school attendance order for parents who refuse to comply, as it undertakes a consultation on home education. The consultation asks about:

  1. Registration of children educated at home;
  2. Monitoring of home education provision; and
  3. Support for home-educating families
  4. Proposed guidance for parents and local authorities.

We hope that this conversation over home schooling prompts a wider discussion of children's education rights. Those involved in genuine homeschooling should be the first to welcome such a discussion. However legitimate home schooling shouldn't be allowed to cover children being sequestered into illegal unregistered schools, or religious fundamentalists inculcating children with only a narrow dogmatic worldview.

Mon, 02 Jul 2018 09:00