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Pupils: Attendance

Question for Department for Education

UIN HL6962, tabled on 16 July 2020

To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to publish a response to the consultation on children not in school, which closed on 24 June 2019.

Answered on

29 July 2020

In the spring of 2019, a consultation was held on proposals for: a mandatory register of children not attending state or registered independent schools to help local authorities carry out their responsibilities in relation to children not in school; a duty on parents to register their child with the local authority if not registered at specified types of school; a duty on proprietors of certain education settings to respond to enquiries from local authorities; and a duty on local authorities to provide support to parents who educate children at home .

Almost 5,000 responses were received to the consultation which closed in June 2019 and they have now been considered.

The government is committed to publishing the response to the Children Not in School consultation. We anticipate the formal publication of the government response will come in autumn.