Pandemic ‘fuelling numbers of children out of school’

The coronavirus pandemic could be fuelling an increase in the number of children moving out of full-time schooling, town hall bosses warn.

The Local Government Association says some areas have seen significant rises in registrations for home schooling.

It comes after separate LGA analysis for 2018-19 suggested between 250,000 and a million children in England were out of full-time school.

The government says school is the best place for the majority of children.

A lack of oversight on how and why pupils leave, and where they end up, makes tracking them difficult.

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