Improving Information in Identifying Children Missing from Education

This consultation outlines proposed amendments to the Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006 (referred to after this as ‘the Regulations’).

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 delete 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.

The DfE would like to hear your views on all aspects of these amendments.

The consultation documents can be found here


Consultation

Published: 15/02/2016
Audience: Headteachers, Attendance Leaders, Attendance Officers
Contact: Neil Hellewell

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