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Identifying Unregistered or Illegal Schools, and notifying the Safeguarding Service of their existence

In recent weeks the issue of unregistered schools has been in the national headlines as concerns have arisen regarding children attending illegal 'schools' which are not teaching the national curriculum and are not protecting children.

Any organisation that provides full time education to five or more pupils of compulsory school age should be registered, with Ofsted, as an Independent school. For more information see letter from Dawn Williams (Head of Safeguarding) and the Unregistered Independent Schools Safeguarding Duties document - both attached below.

It can be difficult to identify unregistered / illegal schools and so the Safer Wolverhampton Partnership and the Safeguarding Children Board would welcome the help and support of all agencies and communities with this task.

Please circulate this request for help to your colleagues and the local community. If anyone becomes aware of what they believe to be an unregistered school they are asked to advise the Local Authority Safeguarding Service of its existence ‚Äčusing the Potential Unregistered / Illegal Schools Information Sharing Form which you can download from the link below.

The Local Authority will then support that school to safeguard the children / young people who attend and, if appropriate, support the school to register with Ofsted and meet the standards expected of all school environments.

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