RE: Children not in receipt of full time education – Notification form or Nil return required
The Local Authority have been working with all schools to ensure the Part-Time Timetable Notification Forms are returned. This is in line with, Pupils missing out on education report published by Ofsted November 2013.
We have publicised the importance of this on BSO and further highlighted this at our Attendance Network meeting in November 2019. Upon evaluating the returns received we have noticed your school has failed to respond. Please provide this information by either
returning the attached notification form to
MEST@bradford.gov.uk or emailing the
Attendance@bradford.gov.uk inbox for schools who have no pupils who meet the criteria to submit a ‘nil return’.
Why is it important
Ofsted recommend that LAs should establish a central record of all children not accessing full time education in the usual way, including those who are accessing alternate provision full time away from mainstream school, regardless of where they are on roll.
They also recommend that all schools should inform the 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 behavior/health plans
- Pupils on the roll of a school accessing part time alternate provision
Ofsted recommends that Schools, including Academies and Free Schools, should inform the LA of any part-time or alternative education arrangements, regardless of school type.
In order to implement the recommendations, we are now asking schools to complete the attached notification form.
The notification form can be downloaded