First and foremost, it is important to note that the Bill has been introduced in the House of Lords, this means it will be a while before it reaches the House of Commons, where fellow MPs and myself will have the chance to debate and scrutinise the legislation. I will, however, keep an eye on the progress of the legislation in the House of Lords, and then in the Commons when it reaches it.
The Bill will establish 'children not in school' registers, and create a duty on local authorities to provide support to home educating families. It will provide accurate data to help identify children who are not receiving a safe or suitable full-time education. Further, it will support schools to become part of a family of schools in a strong trust to level up school standards. This will support the ambition that by 2030, 90 per cent of primary school children will achieve the expected standard in reading, writing and maths.
However, I appreciate that there are some specific concerns around this aspect of the Bill – and that some might not agree with the above assessment of the provisions relating to home schooling. As such, I wrote to the Department for Education to share these concerns, the response to which is below.