Children missing education

A child or young person is classed as missing from education if:

  • they are 5 to 16 years old
  • they don't have a school place
  • there are no alternative education arrangements in place for them.

They are not classed as missing education if:

  • they have a school place but are not  attending regularly
  • they are educated at home
  • they are in temporary provision such as a Pupil Referral Unit

Local authorities have statutory duties relating to the provision of education and safeguarding the welfare of children, who are not receiving a suitable education.

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