Sir Michael Wilshaw’s comments in The Guardian

Debbie Barnes Chair of the ADCS Educational Achievement Policy Committee, said:

“Local authorities take their duty to protect children and young people from harm very seriously. The comments made are unhelpful and fail to recognise the complexity of the issue; illegal schools operate within a grey area of policy, in that they are unregulated. The council does not have the right to enter the premises, even where concerns are raised about the quality of education children receive or the hazardous conditions in which they are taught. ADCS agree that this should be an absolute priority for Ofsted to take action in partnership with the Department for Education.

“For local authorities the issue is not about the structure of a school, a lack of resources or a lack of political will – this matter needs urgently addressing at a national level or these issues will continue to arise and pupils will be continuously let down.”


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