Rise in pupils in England being home-schooled due to Covid fears, says Ofsted chief

Social media myths are making parents more anxious, says Amanda Spielman

Anxious parents are taking their children out of school to home-educate them, as widespread misinformation on social media fuels fears over the risks of Covid, the head of Ofsted has said.

In an exclusive interview with the Guardian, the chief inspector of schools in England, Amanda Spielman, said that in a pilot study of 130 schools last month, one-third reported unusually high numbers of pupils being taken off roll to be home schooled.

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