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Home Education: Inspections

Question for Department for Education

UIN HL10127, tabled on 6 September 2018

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many home school inspections were made in the 2017–18 academic year.

Answered on

17 September 2018

There is no power for local authorities or any other bodies to conduct inspections of the education being provided by parents who elect to educate children at home. Local authorities are under a duty to make arrangements to identify, so far as possible, children who are not attending school and are not receiving a suitable education. In order to do this, a local authority can seek information from parents about home education provision and with parental consent, this process can include visiting the family home to observe the education being provided and assess its suitability for the child concerned. No central record is kept of the number of such visits.