Improving Information in identifying Children Missing Education.
From 1 September 2016 amendments to the Pupil Registration Regulations came into force
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.
In September we launched a web based online pro-forma for schools to use to report admissions and deletions from the register. The website is now being widely used by schools across the LA
Information regarding the online pro-forma can be found
Families that go missing
In order that schools can fulfill their responsibility to carry out ‘reasonable enquiries’ prior to removing a child from the register when their whereabouts is unknown, we have redesigned the Education Social Work Service Referral form
The new form includes a ‘CME Checklist’ and we request that schools complete this prior to referring a case to the ESWS
Please note the referral form continues to be dual purpose and should also be used to refer cases of poor school attendance.
The new referral form can be found
For further information please contact the Multi Agency Education Safeguarding Team
Tel 01274 439651