Schools Bill Update October 2022
The Schools Bill finished Report Stage in the House of Lords in July. Third Reading (the final stage before it goes to the House of Commons) was set for September 14th but by September 8th it had disappeared from the schedule and we currently have no news about its return. Baroness Barran remains as responsible minister in the Lords but new ministers and a new Secretary of State for the Department of Education were confirmed in September by the new Prime Minister Liz Truss. Meanwhile the first 18 clauses of the original Bill dealing with multi-academy trusts etc had been removed to be looked at separately outside the parliamentary process, hence the Bill as reprinted following Report has a/ completely different numbering from the original Bill, and b/ reflects substantial mitigating amendments made on July 18th by the government to the compulsory registration clauses. I am posting about the Schools Bill on my blog which is where you can find all the details plus the most up to date information.
Registration Proposals in new Schools Bill 2022
Proposals for a register of children not in school have been included in the new Schools Bill which is beginning in the House of Lords. Bills can start in either the Commons or the Lords, see more here about how Bills become laws. The Schools Bill was discussed for the first time in parliament on May 23rd 2022.
READ my web page on the register here (last updated August 6th) and see also blog posts in chronological order, current latest August 3rd 2022. https://edyourself.wordpress.com/2022/05/18/children-not-in-school-register-england/ posted May 18th, plus https://edyourself.wordpress.com/2022/05/19/school-attendance-orders-and-compulsory-registration-faq/ posted May 19th plus https://edyourself.wordpress.com/2022/05/20/school-attendance-orders-faq-part-2/ published May 20th https://edyourself.wordpress.com/2022/05/23/home-education-in-the-house-of-lords-today/ published May 23rd https://edyourself.wordpress.com/2022/06/02/children-not-in-school-house-of-lords-may-june-2022/ published June 2nd https://edyourself.wordpress.com/2022/06/09/the-thing-about-amendments/ published June 9th https://edyourself.wordpress.com/2022/06/22/registration-discussed-in-schools-bill-house-of-lords-committee/ published June 22nd https://edyourself.wordpress.com/2022/06/25/registration-and-attendance-orders-house-of-lords-committee-schools-bill-day-5/ published June 25th https://edyourself.wordpress.com/2022/06/30/schools-bill-finishing-in-lords-and-reaching-commons/ published June 30th https://edyourself.wordpress.com/2022/07/07/government-amending-cnis-register-schools-bill/ published July 7th https://edyourself.wordpress.com/2022/07/11/government-amendments-to-cnis-register-make-it-less-bad/ published July 11th https://edyourself.wordpress.com/2022/07/13/schools-bill-what-the-heck-happened-in-the-lords-last-night/ published July 13th https://edyourself.wordpress.com/2022/07/18/part-3-schools-bill-compulsory-registration-getting-amended-house-of-lords-today/ published July 18th https://edyourself.wordpress.com/2022/07/20/schools-bill-what-does-means-mean-plus-forum-panel-new-guidance/ published July 20th https://edyourself.wordpress.com/2022/08/03/compulsory-registration-children-not-in-school-parents-duties/ published August 3rd.
Register of Children Not in School 2022
On February 3rd 2022 the Department for Education published its response to the consultation from April 2019, affirming that it still intends to go ahead at some point with a register of children not in school. See also this DfE link. There is currently no draft legislation to view.
Portsmouth Judicial Review 2021
On November 16th 2021 the outcome of Christina Goodred v Portsmouth City Council and the Secretary of State for Education was published. I have blogged about it here
Exam Arrangements 2022
Information was published on November 11th 2021 about exams going ahead in Summer 2022 + contingency arrangements for Teacher Assessed Grades for private candidates if exams have to be cancelled due to covid. Read more here
Education Committee Report, Government Response
On November 4th 2021 the government provided its response to the Education Committee report on home education, confirming that it still intended to outline next steps for registration of children not in school some time soon. Read more here
New Case Law EOTAS Special Needs, October 2021
I won this case at the Upper Tribunal. It deals with LAs not naming a school in the EHCP where the provision will be EOTAS [Education Otherwise Than At School]
Exam Arrangements 2021
On February 25th 2021 the Department for Education confirmed arrangements for exam grades in Summer 2021 stating "There will be a clear and accessible route for private candidates to work with a centre to receive a grade this year, at the same time as other candidates. Exam boards will provide centres with clear guidance on the evidence they can use to assess a private candidate. A list of available centres will be published shortly and, we are working with the sector to ensure there are sufficient centres available and at a similar cost to a normal year." It can be seen that this depends entirely on the exam centre going the extra mile.
Wales Abandons Proposed Changes 2020On June 22nd 2020 the Welsh Government published a statement saying that "it will not now be possible to complete the planned work on the home education statutory guidance and database regulations within this Government term." Read more here
Ofqual Consultation Results 2020On May 5th 2020 Ofqual published a statement following the recent consultation on arrangements for exam grading during covid 19. The statement includes information for private candidates, notably "No workable possibilities were advanced by respondents to the consultation and we have decided that private candidates can be included only through centres.". Read more on my exams page
Ofqual ConsultationOn April 15th 2020 Ofqual launched a very SHORT consultation (CLOSING APRIL 29TH) on grading exams during covid 19. The consultation discusses the impact for private candidates. Please respond to the consultation if this affects your family and be sure to use the online response form. More details here.
Regulating Education Institutions ConsultationOn February 14th 2020 the Department for Education launched a consultation on changes to the regulation of full time independent education institutions. More details here.
Second Successful Prosecution Illegal School 2019
In September 2019 the proprietors of Ambassadors High School in Streatham were convicted of running an illegal school. Read more here
Timpson Review School Exclusions May 2019
On May 7th 2019 the Department for Education published Edward Timpson's Review into School Exclusions, together with the formal government response to the review, and a new call for evidence leading to possible changes in law and guidance. Read more here
Offrolling, April/May 2019
The House of Commons Library published a briefing on offrolling in April 2019 after the new home education guidance and registration consultation proposals but before the Timpson Review. Ofsted published an offrolling report in May 2019 plus an Ofsted blogpost about offrolling on May 10th.
Consultation Registration Proposals April 2019
On April 2nd 2019 the Department for Education launched a new consultation on proposals to establish a local authority registration system for children who do not attend state-funded or registered independent schools. Read more here
Government Response 2018 Consultation/Call for Evidence
On April 2nd 2019 the Department for Education published its response to the 2018 home education consultation/call for evidence, including "next steps". Read more here
New Home Education Guidance April 2019
On April 2nd 2019 the Department for Education published new non-statutory guidance for local authorities. Read more here
Consultation Safeguarding Code Practice Out of School Settings 2018
December 2nd 2018: consultation opens on draft voluntary safeguarding code of practice for out of school settings, closes February 24th 2019. Read more here
First Successful Prosecution Illegal School 2018
On October 24th 2018 the proprietors of the Al-Istiqamah Learning Centre in Ealing were convicted of running an illegal school. Read more here
School Exclusions Review Call for Evidence 2018
Government Response Out of School Settings Call For Evidence
April 10th 2018: The Department for Education has published its response to the 2015 call for evidence on out of school settings (possible light touch registration for settings providing 6+ hours education per week) Read more here.
New Ofsted Inspection System Children's Services
Ofsted new framework for the Inspection of Local Authority Children’s Services [ILACS] will begin in 2018. Each year, Ofsted will ask local authorities to share a self-evaluation of social work practice and meet with Ofsted regional representatives to discuss data, plus there will be standard and short inspections. Read more here and here. https://edyourself.org/articles/socialservices.php#ofstednew2018
Publication New Home Education Guidance Wales 2017
Intervention in Inadequate LAs
New blog post on what is happening in LAs rated inadequate by Ofsted, how close they are to being taken over etc. Read more here.
Revised and updated information on illegal schools More.
Revised Statutory CME Guidance September 2016
Revised guidance has been published on Children Missing Education to take account of changes to the Pupil Registration Regulations. More.
Supreme Court Named Person (Scotland) 2017
Following the Supreme Court ruling at the end of July 2016, the Scottish Government was unable to implement the Named Person measures and on September 8th said it would take a further year More.
Increased Tracking Children Coming Out Of School 2016
The Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006 will be amended from September 1st 2016 More
Child Practice Review Dylan Seabridge 2016
On July 8th Pembrokeshire Council published a Concise Child Practice Review into the death of Dylan Seabridge. More + summary update for Wales here (home education guidance, changes to additional learning needs, regulating out of school settings)
How Organising Events Can Affect State BenefitsHow organising events, trips, groups etc can affect your state benefits (including Housing Benefit) More
Home Education APPG March 2016March 2016 All Party Parliamentary Group for Home Education meeting about special educational needs with Stuart Miller, Deputy Director SEN at DfE. Notes via this page
EHCP SEN Home Education Direct Payments"We now receive £3,500 per term, for 12 hours of support at home by tutors of our choice, plus 8 hours per week of pre-approved extracurricular funding ..." More
Crackdown" Update 2016Secretary of State Nicky Morgan has now confirmed that the Independent on Sunday "crackdown" article referred to tuition centres and not to home education. More
Why Ofsted Asks LAs About Home EducationFebruary 2016 More
Ofsted Criticises Alternative Provision SafeguardingMore
NSPCC Update 2016Roundtable discussion home education and safeguarding with the NSPCC More Amended NSPCC web page More
Dylan Seabridge 2016What has been happening about the Dylan Seabridge case
Changes to Pupil Registration Regulations 2016Improving information in identifying children missing education More (ENGLAND ONLY)
FAQ New Rules for Out of School SettingsJanuary 2016 FAQ out of school settings My Consultation Response Debate in Parliament January 2016 More
Government Crackdown on Home Education? 2015What is the Government considering for home education in England? New Blog Post UPDATED DECEMBER 28TH 2015
Unregistered SchoolsThere seems to be widespread confusion about unregistered independent schools, this new web page explains what powers are already available.
Changes to Children Missing Education and Pupil Registration Regulations?DfE has agreed to take action after Ofsted insisted there must be more tracking of children who are taken out of school or who don't return to school. UPDATE JANUARY 2016
School ExclusionsNew web page on school exclusions https://edyourself.org/articles/exclusions.php.
AEHEP EHE Support Groups Meeting April 2015
The Association for Elective Home Education Professionals (AEHEP) has met with home education representatives in April 2015. https://edyourself.wordpress.com/tag/aehep/
Report of AEHEP Launch February 2015The Association of Elective Home Education Professionals - a national body for local authority personnel - held a launch at the House of Commons in February 2015. Notes 1 Notes 2 Notes 3
Edyourself BlogI have just begun blogging. Edyourself Blog.
Updated CME Guidance England 2015The fourth revised version of Children Missing Education Guidance (England) was published in January 2015. More
Launch Association EHE ProfessionalsThe new Association of Elective Home Education Professionals (England) is holding a launch on 26th February 2015. More
DfE Letters to LAs
DfE correspondence to Local Authorities, FOIs. More
New SEN Code Practice 2014
SEN Code of Practice approved by parliament July 2014 More ENGLAND ONLY
Universal Credit Sanctions
Will claimants who are sanctioned also stop getting money for rent? More
Children and Families Act 2014
The Children and Families Act is now law, with a new system for SEN and disability.
Council Support for Exams
Minister's Letter to Graham Stuart 2013Edward Timpson: "no duty on local authorities to assure themselves that the provision being made by parents for home educated children is suitable..." (June 2013) More
Government Guidance 14-16s CollegeDfE guidance on college funding for home educated 14-16s More (Updated for 2014-15)
New Flexischooling FAQUpdate on flexischooling More
Badman ReviewLooking back on Badman More
New Statutory Guidance Post-16 Participation"For young people who are being home educated, no hourly requirement of education applies: the amount and content of that education is at the discretion of the home educator...No on-going monitoring of the education is required." More Updated for 2014-15
New Website SEN FAQhttp://www.ehe-sen.org.uk/
Freedom of Information Location, Spending and SEN 2013Where do local authorities put home education, how much do they spend, what services and support are available for SEN More
Education Committee Report Support For Home Education 2012Education Committee publishes report into Support for Home Education, December 2012 More
APPG Meeting SEN + Disability 2012All Party Parliamentary Group Meeting November 2012 to discuss changes to funding and assessment for Special Educational Needs and Disability More
Select Committee Inquiry Support Home Education 2012More (September 2012) More
All Party Parliamentary Group 2011 ExamsMore See also APPG page
Select Committee Difficulty Exam Participation Home Education 2011More
May 2011: Government Drops Plan Delay Deregistration
Minister Nick Gibb announces in the House of Commons that the Government will not now be introducing a 20 day delay in removing child's name from the school roll.
Hansard Education Bill Report 11th May Graham Stuart MP and Minister Nick Gibb Column 1217
Hansard Education Bill Report 11th May Column 1239