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Child safety in unregistered schools.

Child safety in unregistered schools.

Concerns have been raised about child safety in unregistered schools, after a BBC investigation filmed a teacher appearing to strike a pupil's head.

The BBC filmed a suspected unregistered ultra-orthodox Jewish school in Essex, and photos from two other such schools showed dirty and unhygienic conditions.

Ofsted said it has identified more than 350 suspected unregistered schools, but lacked sufficient powers to close them.

The Department for Education said 38 had ceased to operate since 2016.

Schools in England should be registered with the government if they teach five or more children for 18 hours a week or more.

Since 2014, more than 50 safeguarding alerts - concerns of abuse or neglect - were raised at schools not registered with the government, the BBC found.

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