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Home Education

Question for Department for Education

UIN 135934, tabled on 11 January 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when his Department plans to publish their response to the 2018 Home Education oversight consultation.

Answered on

19 January 2021

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. The consultation closed in June 2019. Responses to the consultation have been considered and a formal government response document setting out next steps is expected in due course.

The 2018 consultation and call for evidence into Elective Home Education closed in July 2018. It had two parts: a consultation on revised versions of the Department’s guidance on the existing legal basis for the oversight of home education; and a call for evidence on the issues of registration, monitoring, and also support for the families of children educated at home.

The first part resulted in the publication of finalised local authority and parents’ versions of guidance on 2 April 2019:

The second part resulted in the consultation that ran in 2019.