The commissioner, Anne Longfield, wants the register to be introduced “without delay”, after she found high numbers with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) were among those who are electively home educated, and their parents struggling to cope with delivering their education.

Up to 60,000 children are known to have been home educated in England last year, according to Longfield’s report Skipping School: Invisible Children – How Children Disappear from England’s Schools. The report suggests that illegal pupil “off-rolling” is behind the surge.


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