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Children missing education

Under section 436A of the Education Act 1996 we have a duty to make arrangements to establish the identities of children in our area who are not registered pupils at a school and are not receiving suitable education otherwise.


A Child Missing from Education is defined by the Department for Education (DfE) as "a child of compulsory school age who is not on a school roll, nor being educated otherwise (e.g. privately or in alternative provision) and who has been out of any educational provision for a substantial period of time (usually four weeks or more)”.

How to inform us

If you become aware of a child missing from education and wish to report a concern, you can contact the Single Point of Access (opens a new window) in the first instance. They will be able to provide guidance and support regarding completing a referral form. The Single Point of Access can be contacted on 020 8547 5008 during office hours from 8 to 6pm.

Responsible officer

The officer responsible for Children Missing Education is Sheldon Snashall, Associate Director for Pupil Support.

Policy and procedure

Childen Missing Education Policy and Procedure - for schools and professionals (accessible PDF)