No one has the power to close illegal schools, the head of Ofsted admits

Amanda Spielman, the chief inspector, said that inspectors, local authorities and the Department for Education are all unable to shut down unregistered schools even when they are breaking the law. The Telegraph reports.

Her comments came after Nadia Ali, the headmistress of Ambassadors High in Streatham, south London, said the school will remain open.

Last month Ms Ali and her father were both convicted under section 96 of the Education and Skills Act after a court heard that they were running a full-time school “without the legal authority to do so”.

Ofsted inspectors found that the school had “wilfully neglected” safeguarding and that almost half of its teachers had not undergone criminal record checks.

Speaking on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show, she said: “The law never contemplated that people would attempt to run schools against the law.

“We can issue a warning notice, but schools like this do not want to operate within the law and no one has the power to close them, neither us, local authorities or Department for Education. There is no general power to close something that is not registered as a school.”

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