By Noel Titheradge Published 27 February 2018 Share close Share page Copy link About sharing School inspectors have warned that there are hundreds of unregistered schools but that they have few powers to investigate or shut them down. When you think of a place that teaches groups of children – all day, every day – the word most people would use is “school”. But the law in England is surprisingly vague on what a school actually is. More than 350 sites – suspected of being unregistered schools – have been investigated in England by education watchdog Ofsted since a specialist taskforce was set up two years ago. Ofsted inspectors say they don’t have proper powers to inspect or close them. The people running these sites say they are not schools at all. Some of them are on industrial estates, in church basements and even in pubs. The BBC has obtained pictures showing squalor, appalling food hygiene and dangerous wiring. Some premises have blocked fire escapes and no access to clean drinking water. Many sites do no criminal records checking of staff. But because of the confusing legal situation, most remain open. The tearful mother Suri’s son is about to leave… Read full this story
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