Unregistered schools given council funding

Local authorities are paying for places for children in settings that are not even registered, Ofsted is warning. England's education watchdog has called for tougher rules on tackling illegal "schools" with risks of poor conditions and a lack of safeguarding. Inspectors suggest 6,000 children are taught in such unregulated settings. But the watchdog said councils were subsidising these unregistered alternatives to school, paying up to £27,000 a year for places. Ofsted has published its most detailed breakdown of the problem of children being taught in uninspected and unregistered settings.

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