Illegal schools: Ministers promise crackdown

Ministers are promising new measures to crack down on illegal schools, including new powers for Ofsted to seize evidence and question witnesses.

A new legal obligation for schools to register will be created “as soon as possible” under the proposals.

The move follows concerns some ultra orthodox Jewish and Muslim children are being denied a basic education.

Ofsted currently struggles to gather evidence to prosecute people running illegal schools.

Both the current Chief Inspector of Schools, Amanda Spielman, and her predecessor Michael Wilshaw, have told the BBC they needed stronger powers.

A recent BBC investigation highlighted frustration about the lack of legal powers and loopholes in the law

Read on… http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-43409151

Shutting illegal schools protects children and helps bridge social divides

Britain has one of the most diverse and tolerant cultures in the world. I am very fortunate to have seen the best of this. Although a sentiment most people would share, the experience felt by many communities across the country can be quite different.

The recent pace and scale of change in our society has left many communities feeling divided. Within towns and cities, different groups can live practically next door to one another but do not interact, and do not understand their neighbours’ culture.

Education plays a crucial role in bridging this divide. Schools are at the heart of our communities, bringing families from all walks of life together. Through education, we can ensure the next generation learns the values that underpin our society – fairness, tolerance and respect.

This is why education is at the core of our integrated communities strategy.

Read on… https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/shutting-illegal-schools-protects-children-and-helps-bridge-social-divides-z8mb2kf7r

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