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Local Authorities to identify children missing from education

10 local authorities are to work with the Commissioner for Children to understand why some children have failed to return to school after the pandemic.

The initiative is being spearheaded by Children’s Commissioner, Rachel De Souza who is concerned that just 87% of pupils are in school in England, down from the pre-pandemic figure of 95%.

Understood to be partly attributable to pupils being absent as a result of contracting Covid 19 the Centre for Social Justice has also estimated that around 100,000 children have simply dropped off school rolls last term alone.

The local authorities, which have not been named, will submit attendance data to the Commissioners’ Office with a view to identifying which children are no longer in school and what has become to them.

There is an underlying concern that some of the missing children will fall into criminality.