All Local Authorities have a statutory duty under Section 436A of the Education and Inspections Act 1996 to make arrangements to enable them to establish (so far as it is possible to do so) the identities of children residing in their area who are not receiving a suitable education. In relation to children, by ‘suitable education’ we mean efficient full-time education suitable to her/his age, ability and aptitude and to any special educational needs the child may have.” These responsibilities are also in place in order that children are safe from harm. Going missing from education for any reason is damaging to the well-being of a child/young person, but of even more concern is when the disappearance from school is an indication that a child/young person’s safety is at risk. The Local Authority also has a duty to have in place robust procedures to track and trace children who go missing with their families from Bradford schools.
Children Missing Education - Guidance for Schools describes the actions schools should take if a pupil stops attending and their whereabouts are unknown.
The guidance also describes the steps that school should take in respect of children who fail to return following a period of 'leave of absence'
The Department for Education Statutory Guidance for Local Authorities (November 2013) can be found here
For further advice regarding Children Missing from Education please contact the Education Social Work Service Tel 01274 439651
Changes to Pupil Registration Regulations - Admissions and Deletions
Improving information in identifying children missing education.
Following the recent consultation on the amendments to the Pupil Registration Regulations. The amendments came into force on 1 September 2016.
The new statutory guidance can be found here
These amendments will affect all non-standard transitions; this is whenever a child of compulsory school age leaves a school before completing the school’s final year. All schools (including independent schools) would be required to:
• inform their LA in every circumstance when they are about to remove a pupil’s name from the admission register;
• inform their LA of the pupil's destination school and home address if the pupil is moving to a new school (where they can reasonably obtain this information); and
• provide information to their LA when registering new pupils, including the pupil's address and previous school (again where they can reasonably obtain this information).
In addition, the proposed amendments will give LAs the discretion to require the same information on standard transitions, which occur when a pupil reaches the final year of that school.
There are two other proposed amendments relating to sections 8(1)(f)(iii) and 8(1)(h)(iii) of the Regulations which will require ’reasonable enquiries’ to track down a pupil’s whereabouts to be performed collaboratively between the school and LA, rather than separately.
How we will manage this?
We have designed a web based pro-forma which will be accessed via a secure log in on Bradford Schools Online.
The procedure is only required for pupils of statutory school age joining the school or leaving the school at Non-Standard Transition times
For a child being removed from the school roll.
The pro-forma will require you to provide:
Basic details of the child, name, DOB, UPN etc.
Details of the child’s current and new address (if known), parents names and contact details
The reason they have been removed from roll
Details of the new school if known
In the case of a missing child it will prompt you to make a Children Missing Education referral to the LA.
For a child being admitted
We will ask you to provide details of the child’s previous school – it will also ask if you have informed that school of the admission and received the child’s common transfer file.
A number of fields on the pro-forma will be mandatory and the form cannot be submitted without these fields being completed.
How to Access the Online Form
After logging into Bradford Schools Online
Click on ‘Maintenance Tools’
Click on ‘Pupil Registration’