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Education: Children

Department for Education written question – answered on 28th November 2014.

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Photo of Stephen Timms Stephen Timms Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the access provided to local authorities to registration information from academies, free schools and independent schools in order for them to discharge their obligation to monitor children who may be missing education.

Photo of Sam Gyimah Sam Gyimah The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

The Secretary of State has not made any assessment of information shared between schools and respective local authorities regarding children missing education. All schools (including academies, free schools and independent schools) have a legal duty to make returns to the relevant local authority and agree with that authority the regular interval at which such returns will be made. The school must inform the local authority of any pupil who fails to attend school regularly, or of any pupil who has been absent without the school’s permission for a continuous period of 10 days or more.

In cases where agreement is not reached as to the interval for such returns to be made to the local authority, the Secretary of State may determine the interval that the school then has to comply with.

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