Children not in school

Closed 24 Jun 2019

Opened 2 Apr 2019


This consultation is about establishing a local authority registration system for children who do not attend state-funded or registered independent schools.

Why your views matter

This consultation is a follow-up to the consultation and call for evidence on elective home education held by the Department for Education in 2018.

It seeks views on proposed legislation to establish a register maintained by local authorities of children not attending mainstream schools, together with associated duties on parents and the proprietors of certain educational settings. It also consults on proposed legislation to establish a duty to support parents who educate children at home and seek support from their local authority in doing so.

What happens next

When the consultation has closed, the government will consider responses received and take a decsion on next steps. A government response document will be published.


  • Local authorities
  • Pupils
  • Parents
  • Foster carers
  • Adoptive parents
  • Unions and representative organisations
  • Government bodies and departments


  • Education
  • Keeping children safe in education and other settings
  • Alternative provision