A child or young person is missing from education if they're aged 5 to 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or contact us on 020 8379 3745.