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Investigation to be launched into children ‘missing from school’

The Children’s Commissioner for England has announced an investigation into the number of children who have not returned to education

Coming on the back of the death of six year old Arthur Labinjo-Hughes, Commissioner, Dame Rachel De Souza, will look at persistent absences in 10 very different local authority areas.

De Souza said “ Simply – even taking covid disruption into account – there are too many children on school rolls who are persistently absent, and whose absence is insufficiently understood.

The Children’s Commissioner’s office will audit a cross-section of ten local authorities to find best practice – to find out the drivers for both high attendance and persistent absence – and I will be speaking to children myself so I can respond to their experiences directly.”

She continued “Let me be clear – the issue of increased pupil absence during the pandemic should not be simplistically conflated with the tragic and extreme case of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes.

But it is right to reassert the need for urgency in efforts to keep all children safe, and understanding persistent school absence is part of that.”

Latest Department for Education figures show that persistent absence increased to 16.3 per cent in secondary schools in autumn 2020, compared with 15.0 per cent in 2019, not including non-attendance in Covid circumstances.