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Question for Department for Education

UIN 214707, tabled on 17 November 2014

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what information her Department collects on homeschooled children in England and Wales.

Answered on

21 November 2014

The Department for Education does not collect information regarding the number of home schooled children. It is parents’ responsibility to ensure that their children undergo full time education and to assist them with that, the state provides a wide-spread network of state funded schools. Parents have the freedom not to avail themselves of that service and to educate their children privately, or at home, and they do not have to notify those decisions to the state.