Children not in school

Closes 24 Jun 2019


The survey may appear lengthy from the number of pages it contains. However, please note the following:

After some preliminary questions about you as a respondent, the survey is structured around the four basic propositions in the accompanying consultation paper, which if possible you should read before completing the survey:

  • a duty on local authorities to maintain a register;
  • a duty on parents to supply information for the register;
  • a duty on certain settings to supply information; and
  • a duty on local authorities to provide support for home education

For each of these four propositions, you are asked whether or not you agree with the proposition. An answer is required. Whether you answer 'yes' or 'no' determines the next page of questions presented to you, which is about details related to that proposition.

For each proposition, the subsequent questions on detail are almost identical whether your answer to the initial question is 'yes' or 'no', but seeking responses on the details separately for respondents who agree or disagree with the propositions helps us to analyse responses more meaningfully.

After the basic question and detailed questions on each of the four propositions, there is a final page of concluding general questions.

This structure means that the number of questions put to each respondent is only just over half of the total in the overall survey form.

Thank you.


1. What is your name?

2. What is your email address?

If you enter your email address then you will automatically receive an acknowledgement email when you submit your response.

3. Are you responding as an individual or on behalf of an organisation?

4. If you are responding on behalf of an organisation, what is your organisation?

5. Which of the following best describes the capacity in which you are responding to this consultation?

6. Would you like us to keep your responses confidential?

Would you like us to keep your responses confidential?

Information provided in response to consultations, including personal information, may be subject to publication or disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, the Data Protection Act 2018 or the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

If you want all, or any part, of a response to be treated as confidential, please explain why you consider it to be confidential.

If a request for disclosure of the information you have provided is received, your explanation about why you consider it confidential will be taken into account, but no assurance can be given that confidentiality can be maintained. An automatic confidentiality disclaimer generated by your IT system will not, of itself, be regarded as binding on the Department.

The Department for Education will process your personal data (name and address and any other identifying material) in accordance with the Data Protection Act 2018 and, your personal information will only be used for the purposes of this consultation. Your information will not be shared with third parties unless the law allows it.

You can read more about what the DfE does when we ask for and hold your personal information in our personal information charter.