Unregistered school organisers to face prosecution

Anyone found running an unregistered school in England is to face prosecution, with a possible prison sentence, according to Education Secretary Nicky Morgan.

Morgan has directed Ofsted to draw up a legal cases for all 18 unregistered schools it has discovered, setting a precedent for future cases, in bid for tighter regulation.

The push for tougher legal action comes as three unregistered schools were discovered in Birmingham in recent weeks.

Any establishment offering more than 20 hours a week of teaching is legally obliged to be registered as a school, and now anyone running an unregistered school could face up to 51 weeks in prison.

All cases will go before the Education Secretary, who will then decide if prosecution should be pursued.

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