So here it is: the Statutory Instrument regarding Pupil Registration Regulations.
Make of it what you will. The local authorities sure will.
The principle areas of concern to home educators: is there or is there not potential for schools to introduce a delay between parental notification of de-registration from school and removal from the register, and who is actually responsible for registering a child at a school in the first place?
Both of the above ambiguities in the SI will surely allow for abuse of the principle of parental responsibility for education of children, which (believe it or not - and in a spirit that is directly contradictory to elements of the Children Act 2004), is still enshrined in Section 7 of 1996 Education Act as quoted below in the manner of a consoling mantra:
"The parent of every child of compulsory school age shall cause him to receive efficient full-time education suitable-
(a) to his age, ability and aptitude, and
(b) to any special educational needs he may have,
either by regular attendance at school or otherwise."