Heads Up 14th February 2018


Children Missing Education

Children who are not in receipt of full-time education may be described as children missing education (CME). Such children are at significant risk of underachieving, being victims of harm, exploitation or radicalisation, and becoming NEET (not in education, employment or training) later in life.

The majority of children missing in education are found but increasing numbers are presenting as vulnerable – these children are continually monitored until they are engaging with education.

Warwickshire County Council works in partnership with schools and other services to ensure we collectively take key actions for a child who is CME – this includes home visits. Each case is treated on its individual merits ensuring informed decisions and actions are taken to safeguard the child or young person.

The Education (Pupil Registration) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2016 apply to all schools (including academies and independent schools) and local authorities in England. It requires all schools to notify the local authority of the following:

  1. When they are about to remove a child from the school admissions register under any of the fifteen grounds listed in Regulation 8 of the Education ( Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006;
  2. Work jointly with the local authority to establish the whereabouts of the child before deleting from the school admissions register if under regulation 8(1), f and h;
  3. Notify the local authority within 5 days of adding a pupil’s name to the admission register at a non-standard transition point.

Information about removing a child from the school admissions register can be found at Annex A in the Children Missing Education Statutory Guidance:  www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/550416/Children_Missing_Education_-_statutory_guidance.pdf

For advice or guidance on children missing education, or removing a child from a school roll, please contact the Access to Education Service on:

T: 01926 736323

E: cme@warwickshire.gov.uk

Or visit www.warwickshire.gov.uk/childrenmissingeducation


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