25 February 2020


Regulating Independent Educational Institutions

 The Department for Education (DfE) as regulator of schools is consulting on changes to the registration and enforcement regime. Proposals include:

  • To define ‘full-time’ education for the purpose of registration as an independent school as attendance of at least 18 hours during the course of a week ( being seven days, not just Monday – Friday)
  • Making it a material change to organise an institution to cater specifically for pupils with SEN of one or more defined categories.  It would also be a material change to add or remove categories of SEN from the school’s registration.
  • The DfE would be able to impose a restriction if an unapproved material change is made.

The consultation closes on 8 May 2020.