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Children missing from education

A child or young person is missing from education if they are 5-16, do not have a school place and there are no alternative education arrangements in place for them.

If a child has a school place but is not attending regularly, is educated at home, or is in temporary provision such as a Pupil Referral Unit, they are not classed as missing education. 

Children may become missing from education due to:

  • never starting school
  • not attending due to exclusion or parental withdrawal
  • failing to transfer between primary and secondary schools, or different local authorities
  • being part of a transient or mobile population (including traveller communities)

If you suspect a child is missing from education, email the team or contact us on 020 8379 3745.