How we regulate and intervene in independent schools, and details of when we take legal action against unregistered schools.


Independent school standards guidance

Ref: DfE-00086-2019PDF, 1.16MB, 49 pages

Independent schools: regulatory and enforcement action policy statement

Ref: Ref: DfE-00087-2019PDF, 334KB, 22 pages

Prosecuting unregistered independent schools

PDF, 88.2KB, 5 pages

Unregistered independent schools and out of school settings

PDF, 298KB, 13 pages


Information on the government’s policy on:

  • regulating and intervening in independent schools
  • when and why we take legal action against independent schools that aren’t registered

Published 19 January 2016
Last updated 21 August 2019 + show all updates

  1. ‘Prosecuting unregistered independent schools’ statement updated to reflect current policy.
  2. Updated paragraph 31 of the policy statement.
  3. ‘Independent school standards guidance’ updated to include minor corrections to the wording of paragraphs 2.13 and 3.17.
  4. Added ‘Independent school standards guidance’ and ‘Independent schools regulatory and enforcement policy statement’.
  5. Added ‘Unregistered independent schools and out of school settings’ document.
  6. First published.