Paul Whiteman, general secretary of school leaders' union NAHT, said: “Home education is a perfectly valid choice for some families, and in vast majority of cases children are safe, happy and still learning. New regulations need to provide a proper safeguard for the tiny minority of instances where children may not be safe.
“Currently there is no legal obligation for a parent to provide any notification to a school about the withdrawal of a child to be home educated, and no way to check the quality of education that child is receiving. In some cases, this may mean a child at risk is missed, with neither school nor local authority knowing for certain what has happened to them.
“School leaders will be discussing this issue at NAHT’s Annual Conference in May, with a motion from our members pressing the government to ensure home educated children are adequately safeguarded.”
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