Anne Longfield, the Children’s Commissioner for England, said:
“It is right that parents who educate their children at home should have to register with their local council. Many parents who choose to home educate their children do so because of philosophical reasons, and I do not question that decision. I am much more concerned about cases where children are falling out of mainstream schools into home education, sometimes under pressure and when it is not in their best interests.
“Up to 50,000 children could be home-educated in England, with little known about the environment, the quality of teaching and assessment, and the values being taught to them. Thousands of children could be attending illegal schools. I have been saying for some time that it is vital that we know where these children are being taught so that we can identify any potential problems and ensure they are receiving the good education all children deserve.”