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Children Missing Education (CME) refers to all children of compulsory school age who are not on a school roll, nor being educated otherwise (e.g. privately or in alternative provision) and who have been out of any educational provision for a substantial period of time (usually agreed as four weeks or more).
This means all children between the ages of 5 and 16 who are not:
Section 436A of the Education Act 1996 requires local authorities to make arrangements to establish (so far as it is possible to do so) the identities of children who are missing education.
This means that by law the council is responsible for finding any children who are known as missing from education. Parents who do not make suitable arrangements for their child/children to access education could be subject to a School Attendance Order.
Children missing education do not include:
The Education Welfare Service follows the local authority procedure for identifying and tracing children missing education.
We now have a dedicated email address for all CME enquiries. All enquiries should be sent to this email address.