10 Nov, 2015

Ofsted warns of ‘squalid’ illegal schools

BBC News | Sean Coughlan | Education | 10 November 2015

Ofsted is warning that pupils are being taught in “squalid” schools that are unregistered and unsupervised.

But Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw says the process to close such schools is “inadequate”.

Where there is such “illegal activity”, he says, the “full force of the law” should be brought to bear.

Sir Michael has written to the education secretary to say 15 such schools have been found and they should be “registered or closed down”.

He says there are “serious concerns” about the safety of children being taught in these “so-called schools”.

In response, Education Secretary Nicky Morgan says the government has taken “robust steps to tackle unregistered schools and improve safeguarding”.