Schools: Private Education

Department for Education written question – answered on 21st February 2019.

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Photo of Robert Halfon Robert Halfon Chair, Education Committee, Chair, Education Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of independent schools in England do not meet his Department's independent school standards.

Photo of Anne Milton Anne Milton Minister of State (Education)

It is not possible to say how many independent schools are not meeting the standards at any one time. Meeting the standards is a condition of continued registration as an independent school, but the principal means of ascertaining compliance is through the inspection system.

Independent schools are normally inspected every 3 years and more often if they have been found not to be meeting the standards, until they improve. Therefore, at any one time, a particular school may be awaiting inspection and may or may not be meeting the standards or be under regulatory action and in the process of achieving compliance once again.

A statement on the regulation of independent schools is published at:

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