Children Missing from Education

Part of Portfolio Question Time – in the Scottish Parliament at 2:00 pm on 6 June 2024.

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Photo of Jenny Gilruth Jenny Gilruth Scottish National Party 2:00, 6 June 2024

“Children missing from education” is different from persistent absence. That measure relates to children of compulsory school age who are not on a school roll and are not being educated otherwise.

The current approach in Scotland is that someone who is deemed to be “missing from education” would be a welfare concern, and that should be followed up by local authorities, in line with their statutory requirements for the delivery of education locally. However, I continue to consider further the need for national-level data on the matter. To that end, I have requested further detailed advice from my officials on the legalities of gathering further data of that nature. I will update Liam Kerr in writing on that point in due course.