Briefings on the Schools Bill

Note that the original Bill drafting included the registration duty and new data powers in Part 3, Clause 48. After Committee Stage this clause was Clause 49 for Report Stage. At Third Reading it is Part 3, Clause 33 (as of July 18, 2022).

Supplemental briefing to our Report Stage briefing to address the government amendments to Clause 49 (was 48) published on July 8, 2022 (v1.0). Our Report Stage briefing and proposed amendment (July 6, 2022) v3.1.

Our Committee Stage Briefing and proposed amendments [Counting Children amendment v2.4] (June 6, 2022)

Supporting explanatory notes to accompany the amendment v2.9 (June 16, 2022)

Our Second Reading briefing [Briefing for the Schools Bill.pdf] (May 18, 2022)

Bill documents

Schools Bill (as amended in Committee Stage published on June 27, 2022)
Schools Bill (Original drafting)

Schools Bill Explanatory Notes

Schools Bill Factsheet (DfE)

Schools Bill Delegated Powers Memorandum

Schools Bill ECHR Memorandum from the Department for Education

Schools Bill Impact Assessments

Upcoming key dates

July 8, 2022 Last day to table amendments for Day One of Report Stage

July 12, 2022 Report Stage in the House of Lords begins

July 14, 2022 Last day to table amendments for Day Two of Report Stage

July 18, 2022 Report Stage Day 2 of 2

[source: Lords forthcoming business]

Bill stages

Report Stage (Begins July 12) and Third Reading (TBC)
Committee Stage began June 8, 2022

2nd Reading May 23, 2022

1st Reading May 11, 2022

From the Department for Education


Pupil absence in schools in England (2020-21)

Real Time attendance / absence tracking (2022)

School attendance data collection impact assessment (February 2022)

Alternative provision (AP)

Alternative provision census guidance (Updated: 28 May 2021).

Children in Need (CIN)

Children in Need Census Guidance 2022-23. Page 15 of the guidance talks about this enabling being able to “track and analyse the journeys of individual children” and p18-19 lists the child level items

Children Missing Education (CME)

Guidance for local authorities and schools about children missing education CME (“not in receipt of a suitable education”)

Elective Home Education (EHE)

Guidance for local authorities and schools about children educated at home

From England’s Children’s Commissioner

Children’s Commissioner (2022) Where are England’s Children: Interim Findings. Page 16
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From the Education Select Committee

July 2021 Report from the Education Select Committee ‘Strengthening Home Education–22.pdf

December 2020, Letter from Robert Halfon to Gavin Williamson on the proposals for an additional national register. “We take on board the point made during the session that a register on its own would not achieve much.”

In Parliament

March 28, 2022. Schools White Paper presented to Parliament. We are yet to find the evidence or source on what this number was based upon. [ed.]

Robert Halfon
“Perhaps one of the most important priorities is the 124,000 Oliver Twist ghost children, who are possibly on our streets. What is he doing about those children who have not returned since schools reopened last year?”

Nadhim Zahawi
“He is right to remind us of the 124,000 children who are out of education. That is why, for the first time in our country, we will have a register to ensure that we know exactly where those children are. There are many parents who deliver great home education, some of whom are in my own constituency, but many children are lost in the system and we have to make sure we know where they are.”

Col 580

The cost of a new national ID system could instead be used to address the 70 per cent funding cut in real terms to youth services, or the reduction by two thirds of the Early Intervention Grant.

Letter to the Telegraph, defend digital me, April 2022