Regulating Independent Educational Institutions

Closed 27 Nov 2020

Opened 13 Oct 2020


This consultation was withdrawn on 7 May 2020 due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and was relaunched on 13 October 2020.

If you have already responded to this consultation, your feedback will still be considered and you do not need to resubmit your response. The consultation will close on 27 November 2020.

Consultation details

This consultation seeks views on a number of proposals for legislation. A commitment to consult on the first proposal was included in a statement by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the School System, Lord Agnew, in March 2018.

In summary, the proposals are:

  • expanding on the categories of full-time institutions that will be regulated in the same way that independent schools are currently regulated, and defining what is “full-time”
  • changing the basis for how some appeals against enforcement action, under the Education and Skills Act 2008, are be determined by the court
  • revision of the system for making changes to the registered details of independent educational institutions

What happens next

The results of the consultation and the department's response will be published on GOV.UK . However, the exact form of the response will depend on the timing of legislation if that goes ahead as proposed.


  • Teachers
  • Headteachers
  • Governors
  • Local authorities
  • Independent specialist colleges
  • Parents
  • Foster carers
  • Adoptive parents
  • Community representatives


  • Education
  • Statutory policies and guidance