Children missing education
Children Missing Education (CME) are children of compulsory school age who are:
not on a school roll
who have been out of any educational provision for a substantial period of time (usually agreed as four weeks or more)
Why do children go missing from education?
There are a number of reasons, including:
- they fail to start a local authority school and hence never enter the system
- they cease to attend, due to exclusion (for example illegal unofficial exclusions) or withdrawal
- they fail to complete a move between schools; being unable to find a suitable school place after moving to a new local authority
- personal factors, such as lack of interest
- family mobility
- family problems
All local authorities have a duty to identify children missing from education and to find support for them through the most appropriate agencies.
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