New register for children not in school: LGA response
2 Apr 2019 09:43 AM
Chair of the Local Government Association’s Children and Young People Board, Cllr Anntoinette Bramble, responded to proposals from the Department for Education to launch a new register of all children not in school, including those who are educated at home
“The LGA has long-called for a register of children not in school and we look forward to seeing these proposals implemented as a matter of urgency. A register will help councils to monitor how children are being educated and prevent them from disappearing from the oversight of services designed to keep them safe.
“Councils fully support the rights of parents to educate their children in the best way that they see fit, and the vast majority of parents who home educate their children do a fantastic job, and work well with their local council to make sure that a good education is being provided.
“For the minority of children where this is not the case, councils need to be able to check a child’s schooling, to make sure they are being taught a suitable and appropriate education in a safe environment.
“This is why the Government needs to go further and change the law to give councils the powers and appropriate funding to enter homes or other premises to check a child’s schooling.
“Councils are keen to support families to make sure children get the best possible education, wherever they receive this. However, with children’s services facing a £3.1 billion funding gap by 2025, it is vital that any additional responsibilities for councils are properly funded.”
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