Consultation outcome

Online schools accreditation scheme

This consultation has concluded

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Detail of outcome

Summary of responses we received, along with the government’s response detailing the changes to the proposals and the finalised Online Education Standards.

We have also published an Invitation to Tender and other Quality Assurance Body procurement documents.

Original consultation


We are seeking views on a proposal to establish a voluntary accreditation scheme for online schools.

This consultation was held on another website.

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Consultation description

There is a growing number of online school providers in England. These providers offer a full curriculum and represent a child’s main source of education.

Online schools are currently unregulated. The Department for Education is looking at how children, parents and local authorities can be assured of quality education and appropriate safeguarding arrangements.

The consultation proposes to establish a voluntary online schools accreditation scheme, and non-statutory standards for online schools.

We are also consulting on inspection arrangements for online settings that wish to join the accreditation scheme.

Published 5 September 2019
Last updated 10 June 2020 + show all updates
  1. Added the government response to the consultation.

  2. First published.