Register of Home-educated Children - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 12:28 pm on 21st July 2021.

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Photo of Baroness Whitaker Baroness Whitaker Labour 12:28 pm, 21st July 2021

My Lords, while a few parents educate their children at home well and have nothing to fear from a register, a very large number of children who are not educated in mainstream schools are in real trouble. Two groups cause particular concern: those who are taught the narrow and often anti-social curriculum of unregistered or illegal schools, which are often also unsafe and unhygienic, and the significant proportion of Gypsy, Traveller and Roma children who drop out of secondary school, usually through bullying, and whose parents are not equipped to teach them. How can we leave such children at the mercy of gangs and county lines any longer?