Children Not in Reciept of Full Time Education

Children Not in Reciept of Full Time Education

In November 2013 Ofsted published a report regarding children not in receipt of full time education. Following visits to 15 Local Authorities Ofsted noted that ‘too many children and young people were not receiving full time education’.


Ofsted were also concerned that children who only received part time education or who have none at all can become invisible which is a safeguarding issue as well as an education issue.

The full report can be found here.


At the present time Bradford Children’s Services have robust systems in place which identify children for whom they are directly responsible who are not in receipt of full time education. These include:

  • Children receiving Home Tuition
  • Children in hospital schools
  • Pregnant or new school age mothers
  • Excluded pupils
  • Pupils who are in custody
  • Children Missing from Education
  • Children not on the roll of a school
  • Children missing (with their families) from Bradford schools
  • Children who have lost their places in schools having failed to return from leave of absence


Ofsted also recommend that LA’s should establish a central record of all children not accessing full time education in the usual way, including those who are accessing alternative provision full time away from mainstream school, regardless of where they are on roll. They also recommend that all schools should inform that local authority of all pupils who have part time education arrangements or are accessing full time education away from mainstream school.

This would include:

  • Pupils on the roll of a school who attend off site provision full time
  • Pupils on the roll of a school on reduced timetables as part of behaviour plans
  • Pupils on the roll of a school accessing part time alternative provision

Ofsted recommends that Schools, including Academies and Free Schools should inform the LA of any part-time education arrangements regardless of school type.

Next Steps

In order to implement the recommendations, in March this year we asked all schools including Free Schools and Academies to provide this information. Unfortunately only a few schools responded.

It is vital that, as a Local Authority with a statutory responsibility for Children Missing from Education that we gather this information with a 100% return. It is our intention to gather this information every term from September 2014 onwards with the second return due by Friday 30 January 2015 We would also request that schools who have no pupils who meet the criteria to submit a ‘nil return’.

The data collection applies to All Schools, Primary, Secondary, Academies and Free Schools.

The data collection spreadsheet can be downloaded here.


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