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Part-time Education

Question for Department for Education

UIN HL5528, tabled on 21 February 2017

To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to implement Chapter 1 of Part 4 of the Education and Skills Act 2008 in order to ensure that institutions which provide part-time education for one or more persons of compulsory school age are subject to the same inspection and regulatory regime as independent schools.

Answered on

2 March 2017

We have no immediate plans to implement the provisions in Chapter 1 of Part 4 of the Education and Skills Act which enable the registration and regulation of institutions providing part-time education because we do not intend to bring such settings into the same regulatory system as used for independent schools. However, the Government remains committed to regulating out-of-school education settings. Between November 2015 and January 2016 we conducted a call for evidence to gather information on the number of settings, hours of operation, number of children who attend and the frequency of attendance along with any safeguarding procedures and concerns in these settings. We will respond to the call for evidence and set out next steps in due course.