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Ofsted wants powers to break into unregistered schools - many of which are faith schools.

Ofsted wants powers to break into unregistered schools - many of which are faith schools.

 

Give inspectors the power to break into suspected illegal schools, an Ofsted chief has demanded as he warns that “flimsy” laws mean that children are left in “shocking” conditions.

Matthew Coffey, the chief operating officer at Ofsted, said that the individuals running unregistered schools are escaping prosecution, despite inspectors identifying hundreds of suspected illegal premises.

He said that inspectors need to gather enough evidence to show that individuals are breaking the law, but their efforts are hampered by a lack of powers and poorly worded legislation.

“We are really frustrated,” he said. “There are a number of things. I don't have powers to force entry. So in those very rare occasions where children are at risk and I need to get in there...I can't, I have to phone the police and they may well be busy doing other things.”  

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