Children missing education

A child is classed as missing from education if they are of compulsory school age but are not registered at a school nor being taught privately or through alternative education.

In Wigan, we work with schools to make sure all children missing education are found and their educational needs are met.

Why do children go missing from education?

There are a number of reasons, including:

  • They were never enrolled at a school
  • They were removed from school by their parents or carers due to problems at school, disinterest, or poor attendance
  • They stop going to school because of illness, bullying, or exclusion
  • The family move home often and are unable to find a suitable school
  • Problems at home.

Who is more likely to be missing from education?**

  • Pupils at risk of harm/neglect
  • Children of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller (GRT) families
  • Families of armed forces
  • Missing children/runaways
  • Children and young people supervised by the Youth Justice System
  • Children who cease to attend school.

In Wigan, we work with schools to make sure all children missing education are found

** As per the Department for Education – Children Missing Education Statutory Guidance for Local Authorities November 2013.

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