Parents educating their children at home face a Government crackdown following claims lessons could be a “cover for abuse”.
For the first time, all parents will be forced to register children with local councils.
Extra support will also be made available as part of “significantly strengthened” guidelines to regulate education for up to 50,000 under-16s in England.
The move – to be unveiled in a report by Graham Badman, former director of education at Kent Council – will be strongly resisted by parents’ groups who insist it represents an unprecedented infringement on family life.
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One parent insisted closer scrutiny was “downright insulting” as children were safer at home than school.
But Ed Balls, the Children’s Secretary, said: “His review is based on the need to strike the right balance between two important principles: giving parents the right to decide how and where their children should be educated and ensuring that every child gets the education they need to help them fulfil their potential.
“Graham recommends action to address the very small number of cases where home educated children have suffered harm because safeguarding concerns were either not picked up or addressed urgently.”
The review was announced earlier this year.