Alternative Education: Inspections

Department for Education written question – answered on 12th February 2019.

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Photo of Lord Storey Lord Storey Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Education)

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether Ofsted inspects unregistered and independent alternative education providers.

Photo of Lord Agnew of Oulton Lord Agnew of Oulton The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

Ofsted inspects all new schools who apply to register as an independent school, which would include independent alternative education providers if they met the criteria to register as an independent school. Once registered, schools are inspected by Ofsted within the first year of operation and thereafter on a regular cycle by Ofsted or by the Independent Schools Inspectorate, who are a body approved by my right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State.

Ofsted also has powers to inspect any setting without notice if it has reasonable cause to believe that an unregistered independent school is being conducted.

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