Schools in the shadows: investigating and prosecuting unregistered schools

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This week saw the first ever prosecution for running an unregistered school.

We inspected the Al-Istiqamah Learning Centre in Ealing, West London in October and November 2017. Inspectors found over 50 children of compulsory school age attending the setting. Ofsted’s unregistered schools team issued a warning notice at the end of the inspection, instructing the setting to stop operating illegally. When the school continued to operate, Ofsted passed the investigation to the Crown Prosecution Service. This week, the two people running the school were found guilty of conducting an…

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