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Worrying announcement today from Education Secretary Gavin Williamson. It seems we may be getting closer to having some kind of register of all Home Educators.
Quote from the Evening Standard
Thousands more children being home-schooled in wake of pandemic as Education Secretary Gavin Williamson promises register.
A register of home educated children will be introduced “imminently” the education secretary said on Wednesday.
Speaking to MPs on the education committee, Gavin Williamson said he is “absolutely committed” to creating a register of home educated children and its introduction is “imminent”.
At the moment nobody knows exactly how many children are being educated at home. Committee chair Robert Halfon said the most reliable estimate for England is 75,000, but he said the actual rate could be higher because many local authorities are not confident they know all of the children who are being home educated in their areas.
During the pandemic many more children were taken out of school to be home educated. Mr Halfon said around 20,000 children moved to home education during this time.
Speaking about the register, Mr Williamson said: “it is imminent as to when this will be brought forward. It is incredibly important to ensure that there is that accountability and that monitoring.”
Asked by Mr Halfon if it will be before the summer recess, he said: “It is very very imminent…you are trying to spoil grids here Rob….our commitment to bringing this forward is absolutely clear.”
Mr Williamson said there are no immediate plans to bring in standardisation or assessments for home educated children.
He said: “The quality of home education is incredibly high right across the board….there are a lot of parents who put an awful lot of time effort and resource into it,. The first key step is establishing this register that’s what we will be doing very, very shortly.”