Education secretary Damian Hinds plans crackdown on illegal schools as fears of radicalisation grow
Councils have warned of a surge in pupils being taken out of mainstream learning and now the education secretary is to get tough
The education secretary, Damian Hinds, is to crack down on illegal schools amid growing concern that children are at risk of being radicalised, trafficked, abused — or simply growing up ignorant.
Insiders at the Department for Education said Hinds was determined to take a tougher line on illegal schools and out-of-hours tuition centres than his predecessor, Justine Greening.
The hardening stance comes as new figures reveal the number of unregistered tuition centres is on the rise.
The schools inspectorate, Ofsted, has found 359 suspected illegal schools in the past two years, less than 200 of which it has been able to inspect.
Fifty centres have been issued with warning notices and 12 are under criminal investigation.