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Pupils: Attendance

Question for Department for Education

UIN 259859, tabled on 4 June 2019

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether (a) museums, (b) art galleries, (c) sports clubs, (d) National Trust and English Heritage properties, (e) leisure centres and (f) Parliament are included in the scope of education settings for the purposes of the Government's consultation entitled Children not in school: proposed legislation, launched on 2 April 2019.

This answer is the replacement for a previous holding answer.

Answered on

13 June 2019

‚ÄčThe purpose of the proposed register is to enable local authorities to track the main daytime weekday educational settings for children in scope, and to take action if it appears that a suitable education is not being received in usual school hours. This purpose would not be served by bringing into coverage the register activities carried on in places or at times not relevant to determining suitability, or by including places which are simply hosting educational visits rather than providing tuition and it is not our intention to do so.

Issues such as the definition of usual school hours, and what is a relevant setting for the purposes of providing local authorities with information about children on the proposed register of children not in school, will be considered based on responses received to the consultation, which closes on 24 June. Implementation issues such as these are an important part of the consultation, information for which is available here: