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Department for Education written question – answered on 29th July 2020.

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Photo of Lord Watson of Invergowrie Lord Watson of Invergowrie Shadow Spokesperson (Education)

To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to publish a response to the consultation on children not in school, which closed on 24 June 2019.

Photo of Baroness Berridge Baroness Berridge Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade) (Minister for Women), The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

In the spring of 2019, a consultation was held on proposals for: a mandatory register of children not attending state or registered independent schools to help local authorities carry out their responsibilities in relation to children not in school; a duty on parents to register their child with the local authority if not registered at specified types of school; a duty on proprietors of certain education settings to respond to enquiries from local authorities; and a duty on local authorities to provide support to parents who educate children at home .

Almost 5,000 responses were received to the consultation which closed in June 2019 and they have now been considered.

The government is committed to publishing the response to the Children Not in School consultation. We anticipate the formal publication of the government response will come in autumn.

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